Religion in Public Schools Essay
“Juliana! It is 7:00. Time to get up,” yelled my sister Jessica every Wednesday morning during our high school years. We got up earlier than usual those Wednesday mornings for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). FCA was held in the classroom of my social studies teacher who was also the instructor of FCA. I never realized how lucky I was to have an organized religious group at my high school until I talked to some friends from other schools. I was then given a taste of the reality of religion in school in overall society in the United States. Growing up in a small town lacking diversity in religions, I did not see the big picture that religion in schools is an issue.
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I do not understand the problem with expressing religion if we have the freedom of religion. Neiberger’s proposal to keep religion out of public schools is insensitive to my rights to have religious freedom. The first amendment of the United States of America says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (Legal Information Institute). I feel Neiberger’s proposal is attempting to interfere with my religious freedoms. To me, the freedom of religion phrase in the first amendment means the government cannot interfere with my practice of religion. I do agree with Neiberger that it is essential to keep religion and state separate. I do not think the government should be in control of our religion.
A deeper look at the first amendment makes me realize no one can stop me from praying no matter where I am. In the