America at prayer

The church's prosaic heroism

Campus chaplains are reporting that special worship services have been filling their sanctuaries these days. Pews that often gather dust have been crowded with students who usually pass the churches by. They meditate, cry, pray. Meanwhile, public figures invoke the name of God and bless the nation—all legally because all voluntarily, things done as “acts of free will,” not “by law.”

Downtown churches in cities unharmed by the September 11 terrors that devastated parts of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., did not lack worshipers.

African-American churches recorded large numbers of worshipers. Mosques sheltered Arab-Americans, who feared they would be targets of unjust discrimination. America, flawed America, was at worship.


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