Prayer at Public School Athletic Events

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Prayer at Public School Athletic Events -Can We Get a Moment of- -Silence Here?- If public schools are just that, public, then why is the issue of prayer in school such a prominent and controversial debate especially when most of the public wants prayer in school? The first amendment grants the right to free speech, yet everyday students are punished and ridiculed for their beliefs. Is this a fair system? Every person has his or her own rituals and for many students prayer is one of them. Agreeing with this matter is Andy Johnson, a current high school football player who says, that "They [the students] should be able to say what they want. Freedom of speech. If they asked the crowd to bow their heads in prayer,…show more content…
Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia seem to be "for" the students free-speech rights while Justices David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginshurg "repeatedly portrayed the policy as a breach in the constitutionally required separation of church and state." An ABC News poll said that two-thirds of Americans think that students should be allowed to lead such prayers (In school-sponsored sporting events.) Doesn't that say something? One surprising fact that is that presidential candidates are both FOR prayer in school. Republican George W. Bush is said to "support student-led prayer." The 94 percent of voters in Texas' Republican primary approved a "non binding resolution backing student-initiated prayer at school sporting events." That's sure to keep Bush's opinion going in one direction. And in a written statement, Democrat Al Gore said that "allowing students to engage in voluntary individual or group prayer is not only permissible but worthy of protection." All in all the final votes are in the hands of Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor. There's also another issue of pray at football games questioning if football games are extracurricular or part of the school system. It appears that prayer in public schools is heading in one direction - to the top. More and more people are participating and it feeds the decisions of the Supreme Court. Someday soon it's hoped to not have an issue such as this. But as they say..."As long as there

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