Religion in Public Schools Essay

1131 Words Oct 26th, 2006 5 Pages
Definition: Religion in school is the practice of any personal religious beliefs in a place of education.

Introduction: In recent years teaching or the individual practice of religion in school has become a very controversial topic. There are many different views on this matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. There are people on both sides of the spectrum, there are those who believe that it should be taught and allowed in school, and there are those who believe it should not be taught or practiced in school. There have been cases brought to court about how religion should be taken out of schools, or if it should be allowed. This essay will explore both sides of the spectrum.

Thesis: Religion in public
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They were even physically abused for not believing as the other children did. This indicates how dangerous and unethical having religious practices in schools can be. The only time that prayer or any religious activity should be allowed in a school is if the school is a privately funded school. No government funded school should teach religion due to the separation of church and state. Funding comes from all tax payers regardless of their religious beliefs. The reason prayer is not permitted in the classroom is because it violates the separation of church and state as defined by the first amendment.

Support Argument 2: If we were to allow prayer in the classroom our constitutional rights as defined by the first amendment, separating church and state would be violated. This would contradict what we've built our country on. It would take us a step back from being a free country. At that point we would be under a totally different political system and everything past generations have fought for would be for nothing. Allowing the separation of church and state to parish would place our country in the same turmoil that Mid-eastern countries are experiencing. It would impose the same kind of separation of people that apartheid has imposed in Africa, based on beliefs instead of their skin color. There may not be the same actions taken such as in slavery but there would be a great amount of persecution as is being
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