Prayer: The Importance Of Prayer In Public Schools

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Roger Williams said it best when he stated, “No one should be bound to worship, or to maintain a worship [taxes to an established church] against his own consent" (Karsten). This is why required prayer in public schools is such an argumentative topic in today’s society. In 1962, required prayer was taken out of schools across the United States (Pros and Cons of Prayer). However, individual prayer is still allowed and acceptable, somewhat. Teachers and faculty members may not participate in prayer while in the presence of students. Students may practice prayer on their own, but it cannot be forceful or vocal. They can also share with other students about prayer, but cannot force them to listen or share the same belief (Religion in Public Schools). Is this right? Fifty-five percent of America’s general population believe there are too little religious influences (Pros and Cons of Prayer). Nevertheless, what about the other forty-five percent? It would be an uproar to try to compensate the needs of a country when its people are split so evenly. The country’s various cultures can be compromised if we demand prayer rather than leaving it to be a voluntary act. However, a moment of silence after the Pledge of Allegiance can be a good, legal mediator for this. A moment of silence can and will help the students of …show more content…
A law in New York state required public schools to start every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a nondenominational prayer; however, the law allowed students to be absent from prayer if it offended them. A parent sued the state in their child’s defense and won the case making required prayer unconstitutional. The basis of their opposition is the First Amendment as the freedom of religion (Lorenz). A simple prayer stated in public schools does not have the ability to conform to everyone’s beliefs because of America’s diverse

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