Religion in Public Schools Essay

1108 Words Oct 4th, 2006 5 Pages
Definition: Religion in school is the practice of any personal religious beliefs in a place of education.

Introduction: In recent years teaching or the individual practice of religion in school has become a very controversial topic. There are many different views on this matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. There are people on both sides of the spectrum, there are those who believe that it should be taught and allowed in school, and there are those who believe it should not be taught or practiced in school. There have been cases brought to court about how religion should be taken out of schools, or if it should be allowed. This essay will explore both sides of the spectrum.

Thesis: Religion in public
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If people want to see religion in schools they should send their children to private schools where religion is allowed because the school is funded privately and not by the government. As long as public schools are funded by the tax payers and because we have a separation of church and state than our individual religious rights are protected from a state enforced religion. Not everyone believes in the same thing and they never will. It is a fundamental American right to be free and pursue happiness and not to be oppressed to believe in only one thing that others want you to believe in.

Opposing Argument One: It is a common belief that prayer is not allowed in public schools, this is not true. Under constitutional rights anybody is allowed to pray out of the classroom on their own time. Students are allowed to pray where they want as long as it is not during class time. They can pray in the cafeteria, outside, in the halls, on the school bus, or under their breath, but they are not allowed to use class time to pray out loud. There are many religious people who are fighting to reintroduce prayer in the classroom. These religious groups believe that if prayer is implemented in school than students may re-identify with moral values. They believe that because prayer is not commonly taught that younger generations will no longer have as many moral values as older generations do. They use the

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