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Prayer in School

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Ryan Todd

on 24 October 2011

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Prayer in School Pros/Cons Should It Be Allowed or Not? Conclusion By:
Ryan Todd Prayer Prayer allows children the chance to gain religous strength Prayer allows children the chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves is a right that is protected by the government Works Cited Those who favor the return of prayer to public schools argue: School prayer can help combat the issues that would instill a sense of morality and is desperately needed to protect our children against school shootings, increasing drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and HIV transmission. School prayer would allow religious students an opportunity to observe their religious beliefs during the school day.
The U.S. Supreme Court has urged school cooperation with religious authorities for “it then respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs.”
Prayer is protected under the 1st amendment under "freedom of religion. "
Those who argue against prayer in public school argue: School prayer violates the “separation of church and state.” The public school system is created for all students and supported by all taxpayers. It should therefore remain neutral on religious issues over which students and taxpayers will differ. School prayer may lead to intolerance.
Public prayer will highlight religious differences causing dispute amongst the differences in the religions. Are there any questions at this time? "Arguments for Prayer in School." History - AllAboutHistory.org. Web. 04 Oct. 2011.
“Arguments Against School Prayer." History - AllAboutHistory.org. Web. 04 Oct. 2011.
"Debate: Prohibition of School Prayer." Debatepedia.org. 31 May 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2011.
Former students rally to keep prayer in school. 3 June 2011. You Tube. Web. 18 October 2011.
"Pros and Cons of Prayer in School." Popular Issues - AllAboutPopularIssues.org. Web. 04 Oct. 2011.
"Quotes by Presidents." Quotes by Presidents errantskeptics.org. Web. 12 Sep. 2011.

Quotes by Presidents Thomas Jefferson- "The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart." John Quincy Adams- "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were.... the general principles of Christianity."

Government Laws 1948 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down religious instruction in public schools in their McCollum v. Board of Education decision 1962 The Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale disallowed a government-composed, nondenominational "Regents" prayer which was recited by students 1963 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that devotional Bible reading and the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in public schools were unconstitutional 1980 The Supreme Court in Stone v. Graham, ruled against a Kentucky law that required the posting of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms According to the founding fathers of this great nation, we were founded on God and Christianity alone. In my own opinion... In closing, in the words of Jeff Steele within the song We Want America Back, he explains what America has become without Prayer in school. It reads... 1791 Congress passed the Bill of Rights. Within it the 1st Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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