Discrimination against Sikh-Americans became increasingly worse because they were often accused of being allied with Al Qaeda. People are worried that if we do teach the religion in school, bullying will grow to become an even bigger problem (“Religion in Schools: A”). The United States was founded by individuals looking for religious freedom. Since this was the basis of colonizing America, the leaders believed religion needed to be included in the constitution. James Madison became very involved in the process of deciding what was to be added into the Bill of Rights to protect the different religions.
Ayasha Husseini Mrs. Johnson AC ELA 8th grade 07 May 2014 Prayer in Public Schools "I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States." -Thomas Edison. Religion and prayer in public schools is a big controversy for schools in the United States. School officials cannot take sides on religion since it will violate the first amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Establishing a specific religion in public school violates the first amendment, therefore public schools have to remain neutral when it comes to the matter of religion. Some people believe that teaching about religion should not be allowed considering it violates the separation of church and state, but that is not true.
Public Schools: We Have the Right to Pray Prayer in public schools has been a controversial issue in our country for a very long time. According to the First Amendment, the government shall not establish any official religion. Therefore, as long as the government doesn't make it mandatory for the students to pray, they should be allowed to at least have that choice. One minute set aside for a student to either have a moment of silence or to have their own prayer isn't hurting anyone, as long as students are not forced to pray. By taking away that right, it is violating their rights as American citizens and their right to have freedom of religion.
Prayer in the Public School System Over the past thirty years or so the issue of prayer or “religious expression” in the public school system has brought on heated controversy, but the question is still open for debate---Should students be allowed to have prayer or to express their religious ideals openly in the public schools across America? Many people have attempted to come up with an answer to that question, but, so far no compromise has been agreed upon. This is due to the fact that many people hold strong opinions when it comes to religion and education. As with any argument or debate there are basically two sides, but this conflict has three sides: those people who think that are “pro-prayer” and believe that there shouldn’t be a problem with prayer in the school system; those who are against religion and education being mixed and are strong supporters of keeping the church and the education system completely separated; and those who are somewhat unconcerned or in the dark about where the issue stands today. Many of those people who seemed to be unconcerned about this matter have probably chosen to remain silent due to confusion.
Also, no student is allowed to bring outsiders into the school so they may preach to everyone else. Not only do the students have restrictions when it comes to beliefs, but the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ement of Current Law on Religion in the Public Schools." American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU, 12 Apr. 1995. https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/joint-statement-current-law-religion-public-schools 2.
The students are not allowed to read the Bible in school or do any kind of activities that have to do with the Bible (“Liberally confused in…” 2013, p. 1 of 2), due to the fact that they banned religion in school, but in 1962 there was a time where it was mandatory to pray (“Liberally confused in…”, 2013, p. 1 of 2). However, The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a constitutional amendment to protect praying in school (“Congressman introduces school…”, 2013, p. 1 of 2). The effect of praying with students is that it is against the l... ... middle of paper ... ...e given in the Bill of Rights Works cited Virginia School District Drops Plans For Posting Lord's Prayer In Schools. (1999, November). Church & State, 2.
Currently in the United States of America there is a separation of church and state that exists when it comes to the appearance of religion in public schools. The Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of” (Preiss, 1). The Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause both place restrictions on the government when it comes to laws they pass interfering with religion. There is no placement of restrictions on to the religions, except that there cannot be an established religion for the country. The first appearance of the term “separation of church and state” was in the letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802.
The Establishment Clause, which disallows the establishment by the government of any particular religion, and the Free Exercise Clause, which prohibits the state from proscribing the practice of religion, are a source of conflict and tension. The tension stems from the fact that upholding one clause can occur at the expense of the other, and thus, the state is forced to choose between them (Department of Education [DOE], 2003; Warnick, 2012). This constitutional strain is sufficient warrant for all educators to examine carefully the subject of religion and to examine it in the light of the constitution and of federal, state, and local regulations. To ignore it is a foolhardy action and can lead to very serious consequences for all stakeholders. Due to this conflict, the US Department of Education (DOE) has found it necessary to issue clarifications as to what is and is not permissible.
Even in Hudsonville, Michigan, which holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most churches on a single street, there is much debate over prayer and the teaching of Christianity, or any religion, in the public schools. When I was in grade school, I remember the controversy over the valedictorian at Hudsonville High School who wanted to pray with her students at graduation. However, due to recent laws that legislators have passed, the school would not allow her to pray with her classmates. Even with the laws siding more often with the separation of church and state, there are many scholars that still support prayer in schools and believe that it does not violate the constitution but betters the education experience. Others argue that it contradicts the constitution, and that many schools do not follow the constitution when teaching creationism and prayer in public schools.