[During the 2015-2016 school year] The teacher introduced the students to the teachings of a Dr. Emoto, who claims that positive and negative thoughts can influence the structure of water. Positive thoughts, which Dr. Emoto calls “prayer,” allegedly have a certain effect on water, causing it to crystallize. Negative thoughts allegedly have a detrimental impact.
The teacher, after showing the students a video and reading from books about the “Secret of Water,” then had the students prepare two containers with rice and water. One container was given positive thoughts, or “prayer” as our client believed she was doing, and the other container was to be given negative thoughts. The students were to do this over a period of weeks and then observe the results. The teacher claimed this was a scientific experiment, although no “control” was used, in other words, a container that was given neither positive nor negative thoughts. Our clients, once learning of the “experiment” and reading about Dr. Emoto were obviously deeply concerned on how this idea that one could affect water simply by praying to it interfered with their Christian beliefs. Dr. Emoto stated in his book that he hoped to “convey the power of prayer.”
By Jay T. Jambeck