One of the smartest things I have ever read on usenet:
(another poster had just said 'jesus forbid public prayer')

"Very little is forbidden to Christians
we are given choices(free will)

Pray in private and you are praying to be holy -
your reward is in heaven

Pray in public and you are praying to appear holy -
your reward is on earth

jesus was talking about people with a holier than thou attitude,
and clergy who aligned themselves with civil authorities for political power

the more things change...