Rough Draft / Thesis
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 Should Be Allowed In Public Schools
Prayer Should Be Allowed in Public Schools
School prayer is a very controversial issue in today’s society. The issue of school prayer is about whether the public school systems should let the students pray, at the start of the school day, as a class. The issue of school prayer began in the late sixteenth century when people in England did not approve of the way one religion was forced upon them, so the Puritans, known as the Pilgrims decided to come to the colonies. Even in the colonies the Pilgrims had problems with religion they had to sometimes resort to highly creative strategies in order to pray. When people were caught having a secret service they would have to face the consequences that the law enforced, whether it was going to the gaol, being kicked around, or being killed. In 1688 these situations were so awful that something had to be done, so the Toleration Act of 1689 was established. It was an incomplete solution and it had a lot of loopholes but it was a step in the right direction. Students today have to sometimes resort to highly creative strategies in order to pray in a public school, so as not to offend anyone.
When Thomas Jefferson spoke on public education he said, “ ‘One goal of democracy is the recognition, solution and tolerance of controversy; public education should prepare citizens for this reality’ ” (Murray, 1995, p. 98). This is very true, people need to be prepared for controversy and religion is one of the most noticeable of the issues. If religion is taken out of the public education system then the system is now defective because religion is eliminated and people do not learn how to deal with controversy in religion, putting a stop to their training ground in becoming a better democratic citizen (1995, p. 98). Prayer should be allowed in the public school system because prayer is an important part of America’s rich spiritual heritage, and the First Amendment (Freedom of Speech Amendment).
Prayer should allowed in the public school system because prayer is an important part of America’s rich spiritual heritage. All throughout the history of America there have been many important documents written of our country that have references to “Almighty God,” “Thy Blessings,” and “Our dependence upon Thee.” These include: the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the national anthem, and the presidential oath (Haas, 1995, p. 39). In school students always say the pledge, which states, “One Nation Under God.” A prayer says that students just want to ask for a good day and guidance throughout the day. Not only do important documents of our country refer to God but also the words “In God We Trust” are engraved on all coins minted and bills pressed in the United States (1995, p. 39). There are two parts of the American tradition and they are prayer and religion (1995, p. 39). If society keeps prayer out of the public schools, they are teaching the students that traditions are not...
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