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Ruling Out School Prayer

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Many people argue that school prayer is needed in schools, but I think that it is not necessary. I believe that it is not necessary to have prayer during school to please people of one religion. If a person can pray to him/herself, then there is no need for a public prayer. It has already been established in the constitution that school prayer has been banned and it should remain that way. In my opinion it should remain unconstitutional because it interferes with other student’s religion, the intention for school is education, and praying to one’s self is just as effective.

The Prayer in school debate began in 1960 when the son of Madalyn O’hare was forced to take part in the school prayer. The prayer in school debate centers on the principle that is the separation of church and state. Her lawsuit removed prayer school in the sense that could not be led by any member of the faculty. Along very similar lines, prayer has been removed in many instances from convocations in public schools. If prayer in school is going to happen, it must be led by students and generally must be silent. If a student wants to pray in school it must be silent and personal (Allabouthistory.org). In this specific case, a student’s religious rights were violated, therefore, also violating the constitution. School prayer ‘infringes the Constitutional rights of others” (Yahoo.com). Every student has a right to refuse to participate in prayer, as well as participate in prayer

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also. But when it is forced on them, they goes against the “Freedom of Religion” clause of the constitution. It would be a violation of the establishment clause if the government was behind one religion (Highlights of Pending Senate-School Prayer Proposal...

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...for school is education, and praying to one’s self is just as effective. If everyone would open their eyes to these facts, there wouldn’t be much of a debate anymore. Debaters should spend time on topics of equal or greater importance, because this school prayer case has been ruled out.

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All About History: Arguments Against School Prayer. Allabouthistory.org. 2011. Web. 13 Jan 2011.

Highlights of Pending Senate-School Prayer Proposals. Congressional Digest 53.1 1974): 4 Mas Ultra-School Edition. EBSCO. Web. Feb 7 2011.

Pros and Cons of Prayer In School. Buzzle.com. 2011. Web. 14 Jan 2011.

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Rogerson, John. The Bible. Facts on File: 1993. New York. Print.

5 Reasons Prayer Shouldn’t Be Allowed In School. Yahooanswers.com. 2011. Web.

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