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Religion In Public Schools


In the past Religion was confined to the state now with
religious freedom everything has changed or at least
started to change. In order for religion to be in a private
school now it is again trying to be in Public schools.
People ask "why can't freedom to acknowledge god be enjoyed
again by children in every schoolroom across this land?" In
the past, a long time ago children always prayed before
class started and before lunch. But things h ave changed,
"in 1791 the separation of church and state" started.
Although it was made clear about the separation of the two
"as late as 1951 some twenty states permitted schools to
begin the day by reading aloud a passage of the bible." Bu
t that had to stop. People didn't have the same beliefs
when it comes to religion, if a family absent even believe
in god why should their child be forced to pray? On many
different occasions questions similar to this one were
brought up and complained about. That is what started it
all real big.
When complaining, arguing and fighting all started over the
silent moment. In 1978 a few lawyers got together and
considered a constitutional law. The original law said that
public school teachers in gr ades 1-6 "shall announce that
a period of silence, not to exceed one minute, shall be
observed for meditation." This law did not work for long,
because it still allowed oral prayer in public high
schools. Later in 1981, the Alabama State Senator D onald
G. Holmes successfully passed a bill that included all
grades calling it "the moment of silence" this law said
that "the teacher (was) to announce that the silent moment
may be used for voluntary prayer." Although it would have
to be si lent prayer. Even after this new law started the
lawyers that were opposed to this were trying to say that
students "do not have a right to pray in school" silently
or otherwise because of growing impressions that affect
their life. The silent mom ent supposedly "(forced)
religion on children." I don't agree with that at all, if
there has to be a moment of silence then any child can use
that moment however he or she wants, it does not
necessarily have to be used fro prayer. Usually "the chi
ldren who have been brought up with prayer or some type of
religion are usually proven to be better" kids. I have
friends who go to private schools where praying in class
out loud is perfectly O.K. and normal. This praying in the
classroom usually would have a pretty good size affect on
the rest of a person's life. Although when praying aloud it
could force one type of religion on a student rather than
having them have more of a choice of what type of religion
they want or if they even want to ha ve a religion. When
there would be the religion in the classrooms. "School
children not participating in the prayers or the bible
readings (would be) asked or required to leave the room."0
This has been another big dispute because the bill of rig
hts states that there shall be "freedom of religion"1
therefore this means that if a person does not believe in
god or what ever the instance might be then they don't have
to. This means if you want to have any type of religion you
may. The childr en who are forced to leave the classroom to
stand in the hall are forced to make a statement that says
"we do not believe in te god of te state (or) we do not
believe that prayer should be publicly displayed in a
public schoolhouse."This was all thought to be by mainly
every one all wrong, therefore if a child wished not to
participate in the pledge o allegiance or what ever it
might be they did not have to leave the classroom, stand
silently in the halls, or write a statement in stead they
were allowed to just sit quietly in their seats.
Religion in public schools would be good for certain
students but the silent moment is good enough for now.
Since religion has been tried in public schools and hasn't
exactly worked, the groups of children who wish to have
prayer meetings with other school members are allowed to
have meetings, groups, clubs, ect. before, at lunch or
after school.
"Religion (in the public schools) can change a persons
life"3 if a parent wants their child to have religion they
can send their child to a private school and if a parent
does not want their child to pressured in to having a
religion they should be able to send their child to a
public school and if he or she wishes to atend meetings
then they can do so on their own.
Religion can change a person life sometimes for the better,
but then again sometimes for the worse, although the silent
moment cannot affect anything "freedom to acknowledge god
in every school room across this land,"4 wouldn't al ways
be a bad idea. 
"School Board Bans Open Forums to Prohibit a Student Group
Today\(February 1, 1985) 48-49.
Bosmajian, Haig. "To Pray or Not to Pray"\The Humanist
Magazine,\(January/February, 198 5) 13-17.
Gest, Ted. "What High Court Heard About School Prayer."\U.S.
News,\(December 17, 1984) 71.
Lewis, C. Anne. "Creeping Religiosity and Federal Education
Delta Kappan,\(November, 1984) 163-164.
Roberts, Fransis. "The Uproar Over Sch ool
18,1985) 55-57.
Fransis Roberts, "The Uproar Over School
1984), p.38.
Roberts, p.39.
Roberts, p.38
Beth Spring, "Can St ates Allow Prayer in Public
World,\(January 18, 1985), p.56.
Spring, p.57
Roberts, p.38
Spring, p.57
Ted Gest, "What High Court Heard About School Prayer,"\U.S.
News,\(December 17, 1984), p.71 .
Haig Bosmajian, "To Pray or Not To Pray,"\The
Humanist\(January/February, 1985), p.14.
0Bosmajian, p.15.
1Gest, p.71.
2Bosmajian, p.15.
3Anne Lewis, "Creeping Religiosity and Federal Education
Policy,"\PHI Delta Kappan,\(November, 1984), p.163.
4Roberts, p.38
Freedom to acknowledge God by children in every school room
across this
land can sometimes but not always be acknowledged.


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