Separation Between Religion And Schools

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Back in grade school, the day was started every morning with little hands over little hearts as the pledge of allegiance was recited by a bunch of little voices. There was a time where “Under God” was just as fluent to a child as saying “Can I have…” while in a store or “I don’t want to” when asked to clean their room. Every attempt at removing the reference to God within the pledge of allegiance has failed so far but some schools have made changes accordingly without the laws changing. However, within the school system I attended, they just stopped reciting it all together in order to avoid future conflicts. More and more over the years the battle of separating church from state has been a leading controversy. But what’s the big deal? What makes this separation between religion and schools so important? These are questions that have fueled the fire behind the battle and continues to help keep a flame. By separating church from state, it is teaching respect for diversity and allowing religious freedom that has been a part of the nation’s legacy for so long. By definition religion is a “specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects” (, 2014). Although there are many religions that are more popular and larger than some, the actual possibilities of a specific religion are endless. Not every religion believes in a “God”, such as Allah to Muslims or the multiple Gods and Goddesses of Hindus, so by having
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