Prayer in Schools Paper

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Prayer in Schools





Prayer in School
By: Kelly H


A very controversial widespread issue today is the right to have prayer in
public schools. The proposed amendment reads: “To secure the people’s
right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of conscience. The
people’s rights to pray and to recognize their belief, heritage or traditions on
public property, shall not be infringed. The government shall not require any
person to join in the prayer or religious activity, initiate or designate school
prayers, discriminate against any religion, or deny equal access to benefit on
account of religion. (AVSP)” This would permit but not mandate school
prayer. I think that the government should be focused on the school’s
academics, not what religion they are to study. The proposed amendments
would cause nothing but trouble considering that there would be many
arguments on what beliefs should be taught. Religion is private and schools
are public. Having any prayer in school goes against the basis in which our
country was formed upon. America came into being because colonists
wanted religious freedom. Our founding fathers carefully wrote the
constitution to grant the freedom of separation of church and state. A prayer
created and supported by a government violate the very essence of the spirit
in which the US was formed. (Haas35) Therefore, having a prayer in school
would be unconstitutional. “A radical school prayer amendment would attack
the heart and soul of the bill of rights which safeguards the rights of the
individual from tyranny of the individual.” (Jasper96) Teachers are public
employees, paid by the taxpayers. The time it takes to recite a prayer is an
expenditure of tax dollars. (Haas36 ) This is a violation of the separation of
church and state. This whole issue is a big waste of time because students do
have the right to pray at school. No one can stop them from praying
individually, silently, or personally. this right has never, and could never be
outlawed. (AVSP ) The real motive is to install group prayer.(The Case
Against School Prayer) I feel that the school day is not that long, and that if
one feels obligated to express their beliefs in a group, there is plenty of time
after school. There are so many things that could be argued in this
amendment. If passed it would be a never ending war of religious beliefs.
Oppressers to the amendment view that since education is mandatory, how
can public schools impose one religious prayer on all students? (New
American Coalition) If a religion was brought into the classroom, it would
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