School Prayer The Rise Of A Church State Or Freedom

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School Prayer the Rise of a Church State or Freedom

Religious freedom is one of the many freedoms our great nation has worked so hard to protect. During the early 1700’s many different states made laws only allowing people of certain religions or certain beliefs able to hold a state office causing much contention and oppression. Thomas Jefferson tried to draft a bill that guaranteed all citizens of any religion or no religion, legal equality in the state but his attempts failed. He stated “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket or breaks my leg."(Levinson, 2012, para.24). James Madison, while Thomas Jefferson was one of his good friends (Mansfield,1995), commenced the First Amendment to the constitution because he did not want congress authorizing a “National” religion that would cause conflict with the many different religious denominations (Evans, 1995). The First Amendment of the constitution was supposed to clarify this issue, by the separation of church and state. School prayer is a very controversial topic because it has to do with the government dealing with one 's religious beliefs and tolerance. On the other hand though, what happens when a Senior at graduation gets up and says a prayer or implies something about his/her belief in God? Where does her Freedom of Speech come in? Everyone is suppose to…
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