Newsday's editorial "Prayer ruling strikes balance" [May 6] states, "Religious faith is at the core of who we are as a nation." Wrong. Religious freedom is at the core of who we are as a nation.

The nation is filled with churches, temples and mosques where people can pray without fear of persecution. Your editorial also states, "Respect for the separation of church and state . . . will be successful only if all the voices that want to speak to the heavens are included."

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Public forums are a place to speak with each other, not to the heavens. Keep religion out of public discourse.

Alison Pratt

Stephen Hetzel

Floral Park