The Importance Of Prayer In Public Schools

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Is it strange that America’s youth can go their entire middle school period without hearing a prayer on school grounds? Schools and the government have become increasingly restrictive of religion when it comes to education. This has caused a large amount of opposition and controversy. There are many reasons behind the restrictions however what the most important question is not why prayer is not allowed in public schools but should prayer be allowed in public schools. The prayer restrictions came about as a means of integrating non-Christians into America’s school system which used to have lot of Christian prayer and bible readings in it. In response, Americans complained that their religion was being oppressed by the government. Some specific …show more content…
The other two option are total abolition of religion in school or favoritism of religion. If we abolish all religion from school not only will America be denying children education about a crucial part of history, culture and psychology, we will also be going against the constitution itself! Favoritism, on the other hand, comes in two flavors. Either it takes the form of favoritism of a specific religion or a more universal approach of favoring all religion. Both of these options have serious problems. The specific side of favoritism, unavoidable oppression aside, allows for individuals to sway public opinion by claiming it is inspired by that religion. The universal side of favoritism besides the fact that it is riddled with practical problems cannot adequately accommodate for every religion without being either very costly, easily exploitable or so general it means nothing to any religion. So it seems that America has actually found the only ethical position to be in regards to religion in …show more content…
Staying the course will keep the system impartial and not encourage bullying the different. Prayer in school also singles out child minorities and can lead to bullying victims. Now don’t misunderstand, the neutrality position also has bullies. However, the favoritism approach promotes bullies because a child can pull himself up in the social system by persecuting the undesirables.

We should have prayer in school. At least that is what the most vocal party in this issue is yelling. They affirm that America was built on Christian roots and that by removing prayer from school we are eroding what is left of the noble culture America was founded with. They also state that by taking prayer out of school we are abandoning America’s youth to moral degradation
We should abolish religion from school. This viewpoint is less common but still talked about. These individuals are afraid that by including religion in schools we are brainwashing America’s youth into thinking in specific ways. They are trying to keep America’s youth from the negative influences that organized religion can

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