Prayer in Public Schools Essay

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The United States has continued to be a country where religion plays a major role in the lives of American citizens. Depending on the type of school students attend, organized prayer is mandatory, allowed, or banned. In the United States, organized prayer in public schools is prohibited because it goes against the Constitution’s separation of church and state (Jinkins 123). The United States promises religious freedom, but is yet to define the degree and limitation of that liberty. However, American citizens have been debating for many years, whether organized prayer should be an option or obligation in public schools. Some people believe that organized prayer or religious classes would be a benefit to young people and should be allowed …show more content…
Therefore, supporters of organized prayer believe religion strongly influences their children’s education. Still, critics believe that public schools are for education and not for religious observances. “If God himself gave human beings free will- the choice to love him or not, to obey him or not-then no believer should try to force another to confess a faith” (Meacham 101). Those who practice religion know that God has given everyone free will, and with free will, one has the choice to practice religion in school. Some individuals are raised with religious beliefs and others are not. Religion should not be forced upon those who do not wish to practice their faith publicly. As researcher Christopher Ruddy said, “The best place for faith to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools” (qtd. in Jinkins 126). When students attend school, they are there to further their education, instead of being forced to organized prayer. Having organized pray would not be fair to the other students who do not practice religion. It is obvious that there are other opportunities to practice faith other than mandating students to participate in organized prayer in public schools. Proponents also feel that taxpayers should have the right to let their children take religious classes. Parents of children who cannot afford to send their children to a private school feel that their children should have the same opportunity to attend

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