Essay on On the Subject of Prayer in School

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Prayer is a touchy subject these days. If one were to see an Islamic man kneeling towards Mecca in a public place, say a grocery store or on a sidewalk or a school, it would cause no little fuss. It would be a strange sight indeed. People would certainly stare and talk; some might even take offence. There has been much controversy concerning the issue of public prayer. Most of it pertains to the conduction and leading of a prayer, especially in instances where school is the setting. Many individuals are ignorant of the actual laws in our country regarding the matter of prayer in schools: there are no laws against individual prayer. That would be extremely unconstitutional. There are, however, laws against involuntary prayers. Here is what …show more content…

Freedom of religion is a fundamental property of liberty. Jefferson, writer or the Declaration of Independence and co-writer of the Constitution, was a huge promoter of religious freedom. In a Virginian bill he drafted in 1777, he proposed that no one should be obligated to, “support any religious worship… [or] suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief…” (1). This simply means the government should not impose a creed and should not disturb an individual from following which ever creed he chooses. This is parallel to the article VI in the Constitution! The freedom of religion portion of the first amendment is often broken down into two sections; the first is sometimes called the establishment clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” (1). while the second is sometimes called the free exercise clause.” …or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (1). The establishment clause describes the idea of separation of church and state; the government will not constrain a doctrine on the people. The writers of the Constitution wished to avoid a government that regulated and controlled people’s religion such as England during the 16th century. Very rightly so! Although some might think a nation that is greatly involved in religion would be a good idea, the worship of God should be up to the individual. Some students

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