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God from Afar, but far from God!

Paper Panel: Prayer in Public Schools
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Jason Purvis

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of God from Afar, but far from God!

GOD FROM AFAR,
BUT FAR FROM GOD:
PRAYER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS History Documents Prayer in Schools Then Prayer In Schools Now Conclusion Thank you for allowing us to gather here safely. We thank you for the wonderful year you have allowed us to spend together as students of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We thank you for our professors, teachers, who have devoted many hours to each of us. We thank you for our parents and family and we pray that may each one receive a special blessing. Please see us safely through this day and through the tomorrows of our lives. "As long as there are test, there be prayer in public schools." THESIS: The concept of separation of church and state has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of the United States government. This established premise is the skeletal framwork of all debates and notions pertaining to politics, religion, in addition to secularism. Therefore, I will be challenging not the entities of Church and State itself, but the historical, legal, political, and religious Judeo-Chrisitian roots and the tension exhibited when discussing the issue of prayer in public schools. Laws for the Pledge vary state by state.
For North Carolina, local school boards are urged to adopt policies to promote the recitation of the Pledge. The districts are not required to do so, nor, if they do, are students required to recite. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-47(29)(a) (2005). Engel vs. Vitale (1962) (major one)
Abington School District v. Schempp (1963)
Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971)
Wallace v. Jaffree (1985) moment of silence
Lee v. Weisman (1992) prayer at commencement
Santa Fe ISD v. Doe (2000) student-led prayer at football games

Cases The Declaration of Independance
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