Religion Should Be Taught In Public Schools Essay

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“If we ever forget that we are “One nation under God,” then we will be a nation gone under” -- Ronald Reagan (BrainyQuote). Ronald Reagan makes a great point. America was created as a place for religious freedom. Now that freedom is beginning to be stripped away from us. One of the biggest reasons is due to the argument concerning whether or not religion should be allowed in school. It is believed, by many, that allowing education and religion to coincide is going against the first amendment. This argument is one that dates back to the eighteen hundreds, and has yet to be resolved. It is an American citizen’s right to freely express and learn about religion wherever they please, including the public school system.
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This simple statement has caused quite an argument on what it truly means. Thomas Jefferson interpreted it by saying, “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, that he owes accounts to none other for his faith or his worship” (“Religion in Schools: United”). In other words, no one can tell you who or what to worship. That decision lies solely in the citizen’s hands. In attempt to end all doubt, the government created The Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibited the government from establishing an official religion, or preferring one religion over another (“Religion in Schools: United”). Some religious and political leaders are seeing eye-to-eye on the religion in school debate. Tom Cabaniss, a senior pastor at a church in North Carolina, believes that religion should be taught in schools as a matter of education, and education only. If students were more actively aware of other religions they could better understand each other. An unnamed political official believes that since religion plays such an important role in history, it would be improper to try and completely separate the religion and the government. Religion in school should be allowed in school as long as it is respectfully approached. Religion should not be watered down. It is what it is, and students should be allowed to know that religion has impacted their lives, even if they are not openly aware of it

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