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Even though public schools today are without school prayer, most schools have replaced prayer, with a "Silent moment of reflection." Also, the assumption if there is a God or not is a big question as well. I think prayer should be re-instated into schools, because children should be able to express religion freely. I also feel that lack of discipline; youth pregnancy, dropouts, and violence in schools are other issues that can be more controllable if there were religious classes and school prayer.
Public schools exist to educate not to proselytize. There are many people that believe prayer doesn't belong in the schools, because it violates the separation of church and state. What does the separation of church and state say? Actually the First Amendment reads congress shall make no law respecting an establishing of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wanted to make it clear to Danbury that the separation was to be that government would not establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God.
Whether or not to have prayer in schools has been discussed since the early 20th century. However, citing separation of church and state in the first Amendment and fourteenth amendment were successful in getting prayer banned through the judicial system.
During the time I attend school thee was not an issue whether we started our day with a prayer. In February 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court left school officials and lawyers puzzled about the law governing students leading prayer voluntary. Although students are free to pray on their on time or with friends, the religion liberty is protected by Constitution (Stevens, Justice in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe).
American Atheists are a group of people that don't believe in God. They hold a big voice in removing prayer out of school. They also took part in removing the Pledge of Allegiance from schools as well. I think everyone should have their on opinion but, it should not be omitted for schools totally.
I think not having prayer in schools is a big reason why there is violence in the schools. Schools shooting, dropouts, and teen and adolescents sexual activities. If the students were aware on the Laws of God and what he expects of his children. Our public schools would be a better place for our children to learn.
Without Prayer in Public Schools
I. What happen to Prayer in Public Schools
A. Separation of church and state
1. Taking prayer out of public schools
2. FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation)
1. What is Atheism
II. The Pledge Allegiance
A. One nation under God
III. Cause and Effects
A. School violence
1. School shootings
2. Teachers arrested
B. Adolescents and Teen pregnancy
1. Pregnancy rate
IV. Re-instating Prayer back into Public schools
A. Moment of Silence
B. The Laws of God
Without Prayer in School
Even though public schools today are without school prayer, most schools have replaced
Prayer, with a "Silent moment of reflection." Although, the statement "Separation of
Church and State" is nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution, This statement has
managed to take prayer out of public schools. Also, the assumption if there is a God or
not is a big question as well. I think prayer should be re-instated into schools, because
children should be able to express religion freely. I also feel that lack of discipline; youth
pregnancy, dropouts, and violence in schools are other issues that can be more
controllable if there were religious classes and school prayer.
Public schools exist to educate, not to proselytize. Children in public schools are captive audience; making prayer an official part of the school day is coercive and invasive. What five, eight, or ten year old could view prayers recited as part of class routine as "voluntary"? Religion is private, and schools are public, so it is appropriate that the two should not mix. To introduce religion in our public schools builds walls between children who may not have been aware of religion differences before (Brochure produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation).
Whether or not to have prayer in schools have been discussed since the early twentieth Century. However, citing
Prayer In School Essay
The issue concerning prayer in school has been active for several years and continues to be a topic of debate. With increasing concerns about our children's moral foundation and safety, how can there be a negative view of allowing children to voluntarily pray in school? The recent shootings that have taken place in our nations schools, injuring and killing many of our children, has brought to light issues concerning the lack of moral standards among our countries youth. Whatever your religious belief, the concept of asking for help and guidance from a higher power when you are confronted with difficult situations or dilemmas, at the minimum, gives us a chance to step back and evaluate what is going on in our lives. If only for a minute, it gives us the opportunity to pause and concentrate on what is really bothering us. Even if you do not believe in the Christian religion, or any religion for that matter, the Bible is filled with sound morals and practices, which in a time of despair, could aid in guiding a person to make the right decision or offer piece of mind.
The political argument against prayer in school is based on the separation of church and state, including, so called violations of the first amendment. Let us take a closer look at that argument. The first amendment gives us the right to freedom of speech, religion, and press. Where in the Bill of Rights or the rest of the Constitution, does it discuss the separation of church and state? Put simply, it does not (Helms, 1994). So where is the basis for opposition?
Another issue concerning school prayer is the Ninth Circuit court decision on November 18, 1994, ruling that student prayer at graduation was unconstitutional (Sekulow, Thornton, 1994). Although this was the ruling, the students clearly lost their freedom of speech and religion, which is guaranteed by the Constitution. This to me is quite disturbing. Apparently...
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