The Issue on Prayer in School


             According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise there of.”(Patterson A-11). The writers of the constitution made it an important point in protecting freedom of religion. The writers then even stressed the importance of being able to be any religion that suited a person. "The First Amendment removes government from the realm of religious belief and practice so that the state can neither subvert nor manipulate religion to serve secular, public ends”(Keynes and Miller 177). It is pure ignorance for someone to think that one religion is accepted throughout the world. This very reason is why prayer should not be in school. When saying a prayer in an organized group at school, it is impossible to not discriminate against a person's religion. Allowing prayer in school is like losing a precious jewel that can never be found again. Prayer in school results in students losing their rights, losing their sense of unity, and losing their strong beliefs of their faith. These are all things that once lost are difficult to find again. .

             Students lose their religious rights when prayer is introduced in public schools. Many people don't understand the complexity of this issue and that it is not just about taking God out of school. As U.S. citizens, the First Amendment gives the freedom to believe in what people choose to believe in without being punished for their belief. The First Amendment was proposed to keep such occurrences such as prayer in school from happening. The Supreme Court has declared that the states can either compose a prayer or require school children to recite passages from the Bible or the Lord's Prayer during the regular school day. Why should a Jewish child feel uncomfortable and humiliated in .


             a school environment because of prayer? On June 20, 2000 the Supreme Court reaffirmed its long-held position that prayer does not belong in public school.

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