Essay on Prayer Should Not be Allowed in Public Schools

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Prayer Should Not be Allowed in Public Schools School prayer is a very controversial issue in today’s society. This issue has been a problem since America was first founded, in that the country was founded on religious beliefs. The Pilgrims wanted to be able to express their beliefs freely, but in England this freedom was not found, so they decided to come to the Americas, where their beliefs could be expressed freely. As time passed they realized that having this kind of freedom caused problems between different belief systems. Many people started questioning the founding of their nation and what the foundation was made of. This questioning is still going on today and people are torn between letting prayer in to the…show more content…
The schools are supported by all taxpayers, and therefore should be free of religious observances and coercion” (1995, p. 1). The issue has been brought up that moral decline can be traced to the prayer decision, but this is not true. Many “generations have grown up to be law-abiding citizens…” never saying “…a prayer in school” (Gaylor, 1995, p. 4). Students already have the ability to pray in school because they are given a moment of silence, where the student can do what he or she wants as long as the entire class is not involved. Students have a voluntary right to pray, but people want to make it so that it would be okay for a group to pray. It is said in the Bible that Jesus did not approve of outward prayer, “Thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men…But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret”-Matt. 6:5-6 (Gaylor, 1995, p. 7). If the Son of Heavenly Father says to pray in secret than prayer should not be instituted in the public schools. Instituting prayer in the public school system becomes a violation of the First Amendment. The First Amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the

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