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Should public school have prayer?
- Separation of church and state. If you say yes, what prayers should be said? Hindu, Christian, Islam, Buddhist, Satanists, etc?
- Yes, because prayer is good for creation of a good, peaceful, tolerant, co-operating people in society. Children should grow up learning ethics .
- Prayer is talking to God. Each school should make its own prayer to be said in the assembly or in the class, addressing God as God, then it would be acceptable to people of all religions. Prayer should be said before every hour or period in the school. Also prayer shouldn't be mechanical. Ask children to pray with their whole heart.
- Public schools should allow porn. Everyone carries around loose change that says on it, 'In God we trust', but they cant pray. It makes no sense.
- No. If prayer is allowed, then all prayers of all religion should be said. There are thousands of different religions, gods & goddesses. If they do this, there won't be any more time for students to do what is there for them to do, study.
- Its not like they are going to pray all day 24/7. Just for their food and whatever they feel they need to pray for. I think they should be able to pray. Prayer is a good thing.
- No, because its church and state. For those who say yes, what if the people who don't believe in God are faced with school prayer?? Isn't that a little unfair??
- Also, people can pray in School, it just cant be mandated publicly.
- Students are allowed to pray in school. What the Supreme Court has held unconstitutional is school-sponsored prayer or religious activity in the public schools. Public schools are supported by taxes, which makes them agents of the government. The Constitution forbids the government from establishing religion as a protection against the creation of an official state religion like the England had at the time of the US Revolutionary War.
It's important to respect people of all faiths or of no faith; their beliefs are as worthy of protection as anyone's. The Supreme Court found that school-led prayer and bible study violated students' freedom of religion because it forced some people to participate in activities against their own faith.
You can pray in school. That right is protected under the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause. Just don't force other people to adopt your beliefs and practices.
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Amber Supko In 1963 there started to be some people against the Lord's Prayer in public schools. Stew731 The U. S. Supreme Court issued two bans. One in 1962 and the seco…nd in 1963. Both bans were the result of lawsuits against the teaching of religion and religious practices in public schools. Basically stating that organized prayer in schools was a violation of the separation of church and state. It was decided that publicly funded schools were an extension of the state, and that organized prayer or Bible readings were a form of proselytizing. The bans not only banned mandatory prayer in schools but also banned the daily reading of bible passages. The lawsuits were supported by several organizations but the most outspoken supporter for banning prayer in schools came from Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists, Inc.
Yes, everyone should have their right to express their Freedom of Speech in any place, they like too. But if someone politely requests to stop the prayer, be…cause it's offending to him/her, it should be stopped
Depends how you look at it allowing prayers in schools means all relegions have the right to have there own prayer in there own way so many schools simply have a moment of sil…ence
Thomas Jefferson. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship,… that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. - Letter to Danbury Baptists This separation was seen as ideal for all involved, as churches did not want government to interfere in religious affairs, which had been common in Europe. America's mixture of various religions, and many with no religion at all, lends itself well to this religious neutrality in public schools. Many are also free to attend private religious schools, be home-schooled, or have supplemental teaching of religion by their respective church. Students also have the full freedom to pray in public schools, but this activity is not led or sanctioned by the school or its officials. So, for example, a student is free to say grace prior to eating lunch, or to pray undisruptively before a big test.
The ability to legally pray in schools has been, and should always be, protected by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It is at the very h…eart of freedom of religion. It is a commonly held misconception that the practice of religious exercises is forbidden in schools; what is forbidden is organized prayer, or any form of religious exercise sponsored or endorsed by the school. In two landmark cases, Engle v. Vitale, (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp, (1963), the Supreme Court decided that public schools, as an entity supported by government tax money, cannot constitutionally lead students in any sort of prayer. To do so would reflect an endorsement of one religion over another (or of any religion over none), which is a violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause. Unfortunately, since then, it has been a commonly held belief that this extends to students being able to pray to themselves or read religious texts. This is entirely untrue. Students are allowed to pray and read religious texts, so long as they do not disrupt other students. They may do this at any time, including before, during, and after school hours. School clubs which are religious in nature are still allowed to exist and practice worship freely. It was ruled Westside Community Board of Education v. Mergens, (1990) that as long as any school clubs are allowed to exist, so should religious clubs be allowed to exist. The reasoning is that students join clubs freely and voluntarily, and thus are free to leave at any time. So there is no such thing as a "Prayer Ban". There is, however such thing as a "Ban on ORGANIZED (school-sponsored) Prayer."
The US Supreme Court first held organized prayer in public schools unconstitutional under the First Amendment Establishment Clause in Engel v. Vitale, (1962). It is importan…t to note that the Court only prohibited organized, or school-sponsored prayer and religious activity as unconstitutional. Students may still pray or worship during school hours under First Amendment protection of the Free Exercise Clause, provided they don't cause disruption.
Organized prayer in public school violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause.
Yes. It's on our monetary currency, so why not.
People who want to keep prayer in schools do not compartmentalize their lives, putting education and religion in different boxes. For many, religion is part of a good ed…ucation. On the other hand, the trend now is secularization of our societies, and this would of course include public schools. Praying is an out-dated practice that only distracts from learning the three R's. I believe there is a compromise: Allow anyone who wants to pray to do so as long as it does not disrupt the classroom. Banning it is a form of intolerance, and we probably need less of that demonstrated to young people. No one has all the answers. For some they come with prayer and for others the answers are only available in the world of facts and science. Why not use both avenues at the same time?
Anyone can pray Silently at anytime or anyplace and they will be heard by God. No, there should no be a spoken prayer in public school, because any spoken prayer would probabl…y offend someone.
Not out loud prayer but you can pray to yourself.
Self-confidence, stress-relief, spirituality/morality, and a last resort for those who have neglected to study for a big test.
Without tripping off someone's political correctness meter or upsetting the applecart of their very easily offended psyche, Yes, it should. Freedom of religion should always… be practiced. Not enforced or denied to others, or used to insult them, but each person should ALWAYS have the right to their own religious beliefs, including prayer in public or in private. This is best done without proselytization or ridicule or the intentional exclusion of others. Religion can be tricky and ugly. It needs to be handled in a smart and respectable manner. A little tact goes a long way. Show some respect, get some respect.
no. i go to a public school and im very open about different religions but i dont want someone pushing there practices on me. I think school should be about education not reli…gion.
To overly simplify: Because the US constitution prohibits the state (government) from interfering with or encouraging participation in any religion.
Yes , during the moment of silence you are allowed to pray and before the CRCT [ CRITERIA REFRENCED COMPETENCY TEST]
No. No religious activities should be permitted in public schools, pursuant to a US Supreme Court decision citing the separation of church and state.