Religion in Public Schools Term Paper

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Religion in Public Schools

Religion in Public Schools


Are you religious? Do you have children? What kind of environment would you like your
child in while he/she is in school? A century ago, most of America's public schools were
religious schools. Over time the state has redesigned schools in order to make schools for
all children and not alienate any students. The Supreme Court then accelerated the
movement in 1962 when it declared that prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. Then
one year later the court removed all bible reading from public school because it is a
religious exercise(-------). There is no clear line between what instructors are aloud to
teach in school and what they are not aloud to teach, so many laws have been written and
changed. In 1995 35 agencies representing 10 religions and ethical systems wrote "Religion
in Public Schools" which was a joint statement of current laws stating that religions
aloud to be taught in public schools, but only if it is serving an educational
purpose.(----- http://www.religioustolerance.org/ps_bibl1.htm---------) Yet what about the
Supreme Court ruled out all bible reading in school, but here it states that it is legal,
what law are we the people supposed to follow?




The main controversy is which side the constitution is on. The first amendment states that
you have the right to freedom of religion. This would mean that religion should not be
aloud in school because not every American shares the same religious belief. The first
amendment also states that you have the freedom to practice this religion anywhere you
choose. This meaning, that students should be aloud to practice their religious beliefs
any time, even if they are in a public school. "Public schools have really become a place
of neutral ground," says senator Tom Daschle(-----------). Daschle also stated that
although he learned his values as an alter boy at Sacred Heart School, he believes in
separation of church and state, because children may take part in something out of the
mainstream. "I don't think I want my children to say a prayer written by Sun Myang Moon,"
Daschle said, referring to the religious leader who was recently convicted of tax evasion
and declared himself the messiah. House representative John Thune believes differently,
saying every school district should be allowed to decide whether to let students take part
in voluntary prayer and other religious activities. Thune objected to Daschle's statement
saying that school districts would never allow prayers by Moon or others outside the
mainstream.






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