America Needs Prayer in Public Schools Essay

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Not so long ago, a typical school day would begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Today, a simple prayer is considered offensive and unconstitutional. A prayer is meant to be a conversation with God; a personal connection to a sovereign being of choice. I personally believe that prayer is beneficial. Prayer calms my mind and gives me the chance to thank God for all of his blessings. Granted, not everyone believes in the same God that I do. I believe most people would probably agree that there is some form of higher power that everyone has to answer to. One of the things that I love about being an American, are the freedoms that I have. I am free to worship the God I choose and to pray at anytime or any place that I choose. …show more content…
Little did they know their complaint against the school system would shock the country and set into motion a new way of looking at what was a time honored tradition. After several failed attempts through the various court systems in the state of New York, the case ended up going before the highest court in the country, the United States Supreme Court. On June 25, 1962, the United States Supreme Court voted 6 to 1 in favor of banning the Regents’ Prayer. The Justices considered the prayer a “direct contradiction to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which prohibits the government from sponsoring or favoring any religion…prayer is a purely religious activity that should be left to the people, not the government” (Haas 48). The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Irons 11). I believe that many people who read the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause take it out of context. I agree that the government should not be allowed to establish one religion, but I do not agree with the government interjecting and infringing upon my rights or my children’s rights to pray when and where they choose. Just look at the last part of the Establishment Clause “prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” If my child chooses to pray at the

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