Prayer in School Essay

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Prayer in School As the bell rings you walk through the lunchroom doors. It seems just like any ordinary day. You smelled the mystery lunch as soon as you walked in, you fought your way into the lunch line, and you saw the principal escorting some troublemaking kids from their tables. But wait, those kids weren't the usual trouble makers. They were the kids that always follow the rules and even pray before lunch. Was this some kind of alternate universe? No, they were actually in trouble. No one ever paid it much attention but praying in school was against the rules. Why is it that our school system is so concerned with students that pray when there are students with problems that deserve much more attention? Students…show more content…
In 1962 in the case Engel v. Vitale the court outlawed prayer and bible reading. In 1963 in the Abington School District v. Schempp case and the 1992 Wiseman case ruled that prayers during a commencement ceremony were unconstitutional. In the year 2000 the case Santa Fe v. Doe barred students from leading prayers at public school events. (School Prayer Case History) For the past fifty-five years the court has worked to rid the public schools and America?s children of religion. Prayer: A Prohibited Privilege Praying is a privilege every American is given in the First Amendment where it states: ?Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.? Many people get caught up with the phrase that says, ?Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.?(The Constitution) It is true that the founding fathers of this country wanted to ensure that no American citizen would be forced to practice a religion. However, when it comes to understanding the laws concerning religious freedom it is crucial that both parts of this statement are given equal attention. The second part states that Congress can make no laws concerning religion that would result in ?Prohibiting the free exercise thereof.? Therefore, Congress can outlaw schools from forcing religion upon a student, but they cannot keep a student from exercising their beliefs. It is not up to the administrators
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