Prayer In Public Schools : Prayer Should Be Baned In Public Schools

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Few topics arouse more controversy and dispute than when religion enters the public sector. Considering the many different religious affiliations and philosophical belief systems followed in the United States, it is difficult to imagine or enforce negating one’s ties simply because of being placed in a public environment. Yet this is exactly the way some would choose to govern religious activities, specifically prayer, in public school systems. Prayer should be permitted, if not encouraged, in schools throughout the country and supported by respecting the rights of practicing individuals. Prayer Banned in Public Schools

It has been more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools in the now infamous case Engle v. Vitale. (United States Courts, n.d., para. 4). By ruling that school-sponsored nondenominational prayer in public schools violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, the practice became impermissible in all public schools throughout the country. In the year following Engle v. Vitale, the Supreme Court heard a similar case in Pennsylvania which contested school-sponsored bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. The ruling followed the previous decision by declaring such activities unconstitutional. (Americans United, n.d., para. 5). The topic continues to be a source of debate as to whether the separation of church and state is to protect freedom of religion or freedom from religion. However opposite both sides of the

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