Teachers Persuasive Speech

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Claim: A student at the school, where I am the principal, has been hit by a car over the weekend. I will do everything in my power to calm and comfort my students. In the case of the student council asking to say a prayer over the loud speaker, I will have to turn them down. I will explain to the students that we are legally not allowed to offer prayer over the loud speaker, as it forces all students to hear the prayer, and could disrupt their work or offend their religious beliefs. I will instead offer the students an alternative. Over the loud speaker I will inform the student body of the accident and offer a moment of silence. I will tell all students and teachers that the moment of silence can be used for quiet reflection, quiet prayer, or a quiet activity. If any member of the student body, or anyone else wished to use that moment for silent prayer, that is their right.

Evidence: The United States was founded on religious freedom, and it is vital to our diverse society that our citizens be free to practice their separate religions. Schools are prohibited from
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Vitale struck down a New York State Board of Regents requirement that public school students begin each school day by reciting a presumably nonsectarian prayer. (Pg. 92)
• “__the court in Abington v. Schempp (1963) declared unconstitutional any devotional Bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, even if those for whom such were not acts of worship were excused. (Pg. 92)
• “By 2010, religious pluralism rendered it impossible for education or any other dimension of the public sector to presume that a majority shared common beliefs and values-or even a common religious sensibility.” (Pg. 98)
• The Moment of Quiet Reflection in Schools Act offered a legal alternative to prayer in school because it does not force students to pray, or hear prayer. Students are offered a moment of silence that can be used as they wish, as long as they are quiet.

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