Is prayer in schools a good thing? I just know when people argue for 'prayer in schools'...it overwhelmingly comes from Christian individuals wanting to give 'their' God the rightful place they think 'He' deserves without pause or recognition to other religions
There is an old saying that goes "As long as there are exams in school, there will be prayer in school".
Prayer in schools have a positive effect on the outlook and performance of the participating students. That's ALL prayer, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, even the little Satanist kids benefit at least psychologically from prayer.
Unfortunately unless you are in a specific religious school, you are subject to Christianity no matter what faith you are or are not as the case maybe. Prayer is supposed to be a private conversation with you and your God, its supposed to be personalized not a prepared pray that everyone is expected to chant out loud. No one should have the right to push it on to someone whether they believe in God and Prayer or a different God, If prayers should stay in school then the should be tailored to meet all the faith groups represented by the children at that school. But as far as I'm concerned pray means very little to most children these days. In this day and age schools and religion don't make good bedfellows, matters of religion should be something that is decided by the family not he state or school.
The issue here is prayer in school. Not mandatory or compulsory prayer, or even formulated prayer. I'm not really sure where the "Chanting" came into the argument, no Gregorian schools around here. Prayer has a place in schools, but I am by no means advocating the forcing of a particular religion on anyone's child.
But the point is that in many schools children are forced to go through with pray, we live in a secular society these days and the vast amount of kids don't believe in God, so a s we live in the society as it is now Prayer or any religious activity really has no place in schools. The Bible says that he who stands on street corners prying and professing his religion has already received his reward and will not enter into the kingdom of God. Groups of children paraded in classrooms and assembly halls would be seen in the same manner the bible subscribes. No amount of prayer sessions are going to make a blind bit of difference to most of the kids who either do not believe in the Christian religion or do not believe in religion at all, they would be better of spending that time being educated on the subjects that matter that will get them the grades they need for future life after School
That an abuse of a system happens is no reason to do away with the system, only to do away with the abusers. Allowing student-led and organized prayer in no way offends the freedom of others to believe and pray as they wish. I am not saying classroom time should be sacrificed, but too often prayer is forced out were it should be allowed.
Sorry for being unable to do round 4, unfortunately I have been rather unwell
The bottom line on this issue for me is that children are forced by their school to take part, and that most schools use Christianity as the base for all their religious activities. For me there are only two ways to solve this.
1. Ensure that all children's needs are covered which would mean that all religions a covered.
2. To remove religious education and activities from school altogether.
As I have pointed out before I would go with choice 2, in the secular world we live in I can see no real value in allowing time for prayer. School is for educating, there are churches and peoples homes for pray and other religious activities.
Reasons for voting decision: The ambiguity of the resolution made it difficult to determine who won the debate as neither debater argued in adherence to a single topic. So, I had to go with the other votes. PRO got conduct for staying in the debate, and his spelling was better. So, my votes must go to him.
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