Essay On Prayer In Public Schools

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Throughout the history of the United States many different surveys have been conducted and reviewed and re-reviewed many times. These surveys were then given out to the public and are now used in many different ways. Philip Schwadel has used many of those different public surveys and data from 1974-2010 and put together different graphs of the changing views of prayer in public schools. He breaks up his graphs in three different ways; by time periods, generation, and culture changes. His explanations come from many crossed references. “From 1974-1975, 1977, and 1982-1983 support for prayer in public schools was significantly above the overall mean (Schwadel pg 271).” Even though for the years listed earlier the support was above normal Schwadel states just a little later that “from 1996-1998 and 2008-2010 support for…show more content…
According to the law religious freedom can’t be stopped but the law also states that if a staff member of the school is apart of religious activities it is illegal. When parents or students say that pray has no right in public schools, that’s not at all what the First Amendment says. According to the First Amendment people are guaranteed certain freedoms including religion, but it also prohibits Congress from restricting an individual’s religious practices. People can’t just say prayer in public schools isn’t right because the Amendments say people’s rights to religious freedom can’t be restricted. “Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions (“Constitutional”).” The framers of the Constitution said that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is to be one of the central principles of the American government
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