Silence, Prayer and Other Activities
"All I want out of you is silence, and damn little of that."
-- A Whaler's Captain addressing a crew member. Zephaniah W. Pease, The History of New Bedford
It is time for an update on silence. It's back. A quiet subject, it nonetheless leads to raucous debate and seems reluctant to be what its name suggests. Silence, it turns out, is sinister. To those fearing prayer in the public schools, a threat-to prayer's supporters, a boon.