Students should be allowed to pray out loud in a public high school.
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Out loud- Talking, not whispering it
First off, my opponent has given no concrete examples of high school students innocently praying and were scolded.
His first argument should be completely supported by evidence. He claims it was non-disruptive and before the test but were punished. He states the First Amendment, but given that its just a hypothetical situation, it doesn't mean much. From the sources I have, the school has no problem with praying, but rather the student was extremely disruptive when praying out loud.
1. Praying out loud creates conflicts
Public schools are large and diverse, and many students believe many things. If one student starts praying, others might get offended since they don't believe it. There might be problems and fighting over religion which schools want to avoid.
2. Separation between church and state
This is one of the largest reasons why students aren't allowed to pray. A public school is funded by the government, and only serves as a place to educate.
"The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach."
3. Speaking out loud is not needed
It's generally common that most religions have god(s) that are all powerful. They know what you're feeling and what you're thinking. Mentally praying should work just the same way except it's personal.
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Vote Placed by kman100 1 year ago
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