Religious Prayer Within Public Schools

1431 WordsApr 27, 20166 Pages
Religious prayer within public schools has been a heated debate for many years and ultimately has caught national attention. Overtime many court cases have challenge this issue. The Constitution itself is on the fence of religious prayer because of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause which prohibits the government’s involvement with the freedom of exercise of religion. The policy of religious prayer within Mississippi public schools is a state policy level. In the year of 2013, Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi signed a bill/law that protects voluntary prayers from students on public school property and other public property. This policy also protects student prayers at public school related events such as praying over public school intercoms, at assemblies, and sporting events. In addition, the policy allows students to openly discuss their faith with classrooms and permits students to establish organizations such as a bible club. To clarify, the term protection does not imply that the law is promoting any religion or religious belief. However, it is against the law for administration from public schools to lead a public school prayer. Social Work Values and Ethics There are several social work values and ethics that are apparent in this policy comes from the NASW code of ethics. From the NASW code of ethics, under the heading discrimination 4.02 states,” Social workers should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of
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