Prayer deters students

For most students, faculty and administrators, convocations are a time to enjoy coming together as one.

However, for some, convocations are less enjoyable.

To promote attendance, classes are cancelled for most convocation. But students from other religions will choose not to attend so they will not be subjected to Christian beliefs.

Some people say convocations are overtly Christian. At each convocation, there is a time for prayer. To up attendance, those who plan convocation should not include prayer in the program.

Florida A&M University is a public university and should welcome other religions and customs.

Why should they attend when the administration does not think about those students?

Instead of praying during convocations, why doesn’t the University plan a moment of silence.

This way, students from all religions can take part of the moment of silence and enjoy the rest of convocation.

The religious aspect of convocations get in the way of the message the events try to present.

If Christians were subjected to Buddhism, Islam or other religious practices at convocations there would be an uproar.

If the University is trying to promote student attendance at convocations, then they should think about the students who are turning away from attending convocations because of prayer.

The University should be more sensitive to other religions and should not force students to sit through religious practices that are not theirs.

Severed ties with Syria yet another sign of Bush’s tyranny

Although Syria has denied any affiliation with the death of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Bush administration has already taken steps toward breaking U.S. and Syrian relations.

What’s even more ironic is that this administration started severing all ties with Syria last year when it passed the Syria Accounting Act, which imposed trade and travel restrictions on the country.

The administration went even further when it summoned up the U.S. ambassador to Syria and threatened with tougher sanctions on Damascus, according to an article in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal.

Why is the United States attempting to take over every other country in the world?

The problem lies with President George W. Bush himself.

Time and time again, the topic of discussion is Bush and his wicked ways.

Columnists try to steer away, but he just continues on his journey to becoming the world’s tyrant.

First, he invaded Iraq to avenge his father’s grudge against Saddam Hussein.

Now, it has become major news that the Syrians have Hussein’s half-brother Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan in Damascus.

Next, there will be some outrageous reason related to Hussein to move in on Iran.

Could the tight restrictions on Syria stem from Bush’s desire to destroy everyone in Hussein’s family or peer circle?

Maybe so.

One thing for sure is that the Bush administration must have more than a U.N.-backed resolution to conquer the world in this century.