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When should the separation of church and state come into play? The fact that not everyone holds the same religious faith brings up the question of whether religion should be either public or privatized in schools. This essay will explain the history and background of religion in public schools, viewpoints of conservative and liberal elites on religion, and whether the issue of religion in the educational system will grow or decrease in the years to come. Section II. – History and Background of Religion in School There are many public schools around the United States that are guilty of having religious activity in their curriculum at some point in the day, whether it be a morning prayer or even the Pledge of Allegiance as some have argued.
Today many believe that prayer should be removed out of the school, many still believe that prayer should stay within the public school system. The feelings of some is that by having prayer in schools it would give some kids hope and a since of belonging. We all at some point and time right before that big exam have said a few prayers or even mumbled a few words in hopes of passing. No one has ever said that you had to understand, support or believe in what your classmates faith was, all one has to do is just to except their faith for what it is and for what they believe in. In a society where everyone is looking to be accepted and loved whether it be by friends, loved ones, or even those who do not know each other, it is important to look
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 Brock 2 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... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
Religion in Public Education Religion in school can be defined as the practice of any personal religious belief or act in a place of education. To say that religion is a big topic of interest to a lot of people in the United States today is a bit of an understatement. The debate over the separation of church and state has been going on without end for years. With many different perspectives on the matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. Since the beginning many people have challenged the role that religion has played in education.
For decades there has been much controversy on the issues of religion in public. Some issues include removing “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and excluding “In God We Trust” from our cents, but one of the biggest controversial topics would be whether or not to allow religion in public schools. People such as civil libertarians believe that Christians will force their beliefs on others if allowed the freedom to do so. Restrictions on religion in public schools have grown tighter and more delicate, as well as misunderstood, which has caused many different supreme court rulings and acts to come about as well as confusion about what is and what isn’t allowed religiously. Still today, there are questions brought about in court that have not been answered.
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. There are many issues regarding religion in public schools, however exercising your personal religion independently is not one of them. (Leitch, 1) Many believe that public schools are for educating, not proselytizing. Mixing religion and school is not appropriate since schools are public and religion is private. Public schools are open to everyone, whether Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist or Christian.
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. One such clarification was issued in 2003 and entitled Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (DOE, 2003). While the constitutional issue is a powerful motivator, there are other reasons that educators must inform themselves about religious practice and belief. One of these... ... middle of paper ... ...s in Higher Education, 29(5), 18. Retrieved from www.diverseeducation.com Gunther, V., & Purinton, T. (2011).
The question is what religious traditions do we need to know something about in order to be an effective citizen." Something that can be beneficial to our nation should not be taken away. Even though religion offends some people, it should be allowed in public schools because of its influence on America and western civilizations, and its ability to help form closer relationships. In the early 1960s, people started to view religion in public school systems as a problem. Parents thought that their children should not be taught religion in school.