An area church rallied outside the Onslow County Courthouse and the Onslow County School Board building this week, on a mission to put prayer back in schools.
“We want to put prayer back into our schools and put God back where he belongs,” said David Jarman, pastor of Baysden’s Pentacostal Free Will Baptist Church in Richlands.
More than 30 people — most of whom were from the Richlands church — rallied outside the courthouse Monday morning and around 15 people rallied in front of the School Board building Wednesday morning in peaceful demonstrations, holding signs, praying and singing hymns.
“Why is God on the outside of our schools having to look in when he’s always been inside of it,” asked Linwood Whaley, of Baysden’s Pentacostal. “We got so many kids in school that want to say prayer, and because one person does not want to, they can’t pray. That’s wrong. We’re being discriminated as Christians, and it’s time Christians took a stand.”