If God is allowed everywhere on earth, then what makes schools different? Why should those who wish to pray be deprived the right? There are smoke rooms in public places to smoke,so why not make a prayer room in schools and colleges for those who wish to exercise their right to pray.
This is a problem going on in my school now. i believe that prayer should NOT be mandatory but it should be ALLOWED. if we have the freedom to practice religion then we should be able to do that regardless of the place. i want to bless my food and I want to encorage myself and be able to push myself forward through the day with a little prayer; i believe I should be allowed.
I feel that prayer should be allowed so that freedom of expression can be driven positively. We have so many other freedoms of expressions that are not positive that have caused so many negative things to happened within our schools. Its time to turn those negatives into positives. Prayer is the answer!
If you don't think that prayer should be allowed in schools, then I don' t know what kind of person you are. Prayer SHOULD be allowed in schools. You just don't agree with this because your afraid that people will tease you. But guess what: THEY WON'T! Remember that schools ALLOW you to stand up for your beliefs. This just says that whoever wins, you're still allowed to pray in school. I pray in school and I'm only 11. Also, I'm not afraid to pray in school, unlike you. I'm a Christian boy and God has been blessing me in many ways. And I thinks God wants me to pray for you and to be a kind Christian to ALL of you. But I also think that he would want you to have some common sense and to get your act straight. Bye and may God bless you all...
What does the constitution say? The word of god should be brought to kids so they know about what the bible says. Many may not be religious but if you don't wanna pray you can go stand in the hall, or go to another class room. There is a higher percent of students who do believe in god and pray everyday. They should have the right to feel like they can come together and pray about issues and school.
Thins are starting to go wrong on earth Because they're taking God out of everything. When they stopped the praying in the schools than that's when students felt they could do what they wanted to do and talk back to the teachers any kind of way. The world is more corrupt now than ever and it only going to get worse.
Prayer should be allowed in schools because you never know what the next child, principal, teacher, staff or anyone in general are going through. So if someone takes the time out of their day and pray for or with that person or people their life can be much better. You don't know everyone struggle and struggles don't have a look to it.
You say that religion should not be allowed because there are many people from different cultures. And it is forcing them into a religion, but what about the kids that are Christian you are forcing them to not follow there religion so you are also forcing Christians into not believing because you will not allow them to be them selves.So what kind of example is that setting?
I think prayer should be allowed because it is part of one of the amendments and if kids choose not to pray then they can go in the hall or to another classroom. Prayer is essential to kids who are Christians. Christian people pray every day and kids that are Christians should be allowed the privilege to pray in schools under any circumstances.
I strongly argue about prayer in school and that it should be allowed. Our own country was once held together through the rough times when in was very young, on religious rights. Also our own laws were written, by our founding fathers, through religious rights. So why should our country turn away from our own laws?
We should have prayer in school, because it's the United States and the kids who don't want to pray, they don't have to. Kids should be able to pray in school when they want to. Some kids need to pray every day, every hour because that's their religion. Also some kids will be rude if they don't pray.
Prayer should be allowed in any school because it is anyone's right to be in the presence of their 'god'. Prayer does not have to be required or demanded, just permitted. It is freedom of speech. We all have religious rights, that should, then, be allowed in schools. We need to have the right to express our feelings, emotions, towards whatever, and whoever, we believe in. I, myself, am in a private Catholic School. I'm in the eighth grade and, I think, we should be allowed to pray, no matter where we are; no matter the situation.
What do you do every time you get something? You say "Thank you". By allowing prayer in public schools, it gives us a chance to thank God for everything he has given us, for letting us live and enjoy life, for being there for us when we need him and so on.
I feel sorry for those who don't believes in him, because without him we don't survive from food that we are eating and air that you breath. He is the only one who can guide you even if you don't have parents. If you are one of those that don't believe in god, think about lucky things that you had from him...
Prayer provides time for reflection. It allows each of us to take a moment to connect with a higher power and strive to be a little better than we were before. This is a strength not a weakness and should be taught to our children. I think most people pray, regardless to religious preference.
A Personal Prayer should by no means be stopped as it is an exercise of one's one freedom of thought. To say prayer should be banned is naive as it is one's own choice to be involved in his or her belief.
Proselytism can be banned in public schools but to say that no-one is allowed to pray is a show of the community's own insecurity.
Yes we should be able to pray in school or anywhere! In fact we need to bring it back the way it used to be! Our country was founded on Godly principles. As Americans we hold our country and its principles dear to our hearts. Our forefathers fought so valiantly for us to have our rights. Now they are all being changed and taken away. I say if you don't like the American founding principles then get out! Planes leave out of this country every day. By all means board a plane and relocate somewhere else in the world! We need our great country back! We are headed towards destruction. We have allowed so much sin in that we are now an immoral country. So so so sad.
Yes, prayer should be allowed because that's some people's religion. If the kids don't want to pray, they don't have to. The 1st amendment of the Constitution states that we have the right to believe what we want. Why are public schools different? THEY ARE NOT! Schools should give kids their right to FREEDOM OF RELIGION!
People are going to believe in what they want to believe. No one can take that away from them. They say praying is allowed in a non disruptive way so why not just put prayer in school. It does not have to be mandatory for all students but for the students that use prayer to get through the day should make them want to have prayer in school.
Prayer is allowed in (public) school. Your child can bow their head and pray over their lunch all they want. They can pray -quietly, of course- before taking a test.
What is stopping them is people getting butt hurt about it. What is NOT allowed, and which is the one thing people seem to forget, is that mandatory prayer cannot be done, prayer cannot be led by a figurehead (teacher, principal, school nurse, secretary...), and no one religion can be endorsed over another by the school.
It's really simple, but too many people make it harder than it is. I'm not religious, but I honestly don't give a rat's patootie what your child wants to say over his lunch tray. Just don't try forcing MY child to say it, and all's good.
There are CERTAIN people in the world today who are completely against prayer in schools. I can not think of any reason not to bring prayer back into school. If the child is not taught about God or religion at home or in school then this could be harmful to the child and also to the public. If anything, we already have prayer in school with the Pledge of Allegiance.
I am a very Religious 14 year old i think prayer should be aloud in school according to amendment 1 of the constitution we have the right to freedom of religon ,freedom of press , freedom of assembly and freedom of speech praying in school's is constitution i brought a bible to school and was told i wasn't aloud to read it during school because it got in the way of my education . When it was during free time . They also stated it might cause a fight or riot with dis-believes of god and the many atheist people in this world we call our own now i'm not saying i dont like atheist because they have the right to believe in what they want to believe in no one should be judge but not allowing prayer in a public school is what i call amendment 8 cruel and unusual punishment.
Most kids who do not have connection with a religion tend to commit more violent crimes. Since 1963 the violent crime rate improved 544%. God is all over the Earth. What makes school any different? You are allowed to pray in school, but you don't have to. It gives kids exposure to other religions than the one they may follow. If they do not follow a religion, it can't still give them background knowledge on how it all started and majority of the world's religious foundings.
I believe wholeheartedly that allowing individual prayer in school would cause no negative repercussions and only expound on the learning already occurring. As long as student's prayers remain individual and personal, there should be no problem with having prayer in school. Problems will only arise if the public school officials try to become involved. Once public schools promote and direct prayer on a school-wide basis, students lose their individuality and their freedom of religion. One the other hand, allowing schools to completely ban prayer would create a very similar result- students would lose their individuality and their freedom of religion as well.
I think that students should not be forced to pray, nor prohibited from praying. After all it is their right to decide whether to pray or not. So I vote yes it should be allowed but not imperative. Also as Muslims, we have a prayer that is during the school time, and by not allowing us to pray then our rights are not fulfilled.
Students should be allowed to pray regardless if they are in or out of school. It should not matter to others students, when you pray you are praying to God directly so there is no reason anyone else should feel uneasy. Everyone has insecurities, fears, regrets and is in need of guidance, only which God can truly help with.
Religion is a factor that always will exist. It give people hope, peace, and brighter & better viewing of people and the earth. I feel that it should be respected and allowed, as it's our freedom and an amendment. I believe that there's nothing wrong with praying in school or reading a Bible. Though some kids in school greatly disapprove of this, most children and young adults respect others beliefs in religion and I feel it should stay this way. Religion is a beautiful viewing of life and others, a feeling peace and overall gives hope. I believe it should be allowed.
I think dinosaurs should be counted as humans. They should have the same basic rights that we do today. I think that they should be able to pray in schools and like pie as much, us as humans, do. This can change the world letting dinosaurs have rights to live.
It is someone's own right to wish, pray, cast runes, draw funny lines in sand, attempt magical spells, or do anything else that does not cause harm to any other person's freedom AND which is not intended to cause such harm. Most atheists and agnostics would not argue against the right to do so; however encouragement of such practices would require a positive claim bearing a burden of proof that such activity is in the public interest. Such has not been established, and there are indeed arguments that such encouragement of such ineffective activities is itself detrimental, so I will continue to hold the rightful position that while we ought afford every person their freedom, we shouldn't be encouraging them to waste their time and effort on ineffective strategies to pursue their goals.
If a student wishes to pray while at school, they should be allowed to do so, provided they keep to themselves and do not disturb other students or the learning environment. Prayer should never be made mandatory however, as it is a personal choice of each student how or if they observe their religion.
Because our Constitution recognizes the importance of one's own personal faith or nonfaith and prohibits the government from restricting its free exercise, no school should prohibit a student -- whatever his or her faith -- from praying simply because he or she is at school. However, this is a far cry from -- as some would prefer -- requiring prayer in schools. Such a requirement would violate the same exact protection of religious freedom.
Children should NOT be forced or required to pray nor should their be desginated prayer times. School is about learning and is a government institution not a religious one. Exceptions being religious schools which should allow it to be mandatory. However, this applies to all religions and faiths equally in my book.
Praying should be allowed because it gives students the opportunity to relax themselves before tests or distress themselves during stressful situations. Prayers can be to God,the Earth or even a flower if they wanted to. Prayers don't challenge religions or makes it mandatory for other students to follow them.
Prayer is like a Motivational Speech or Cheer! It should not be considered religion. A Prayer is no different from a motivational speech or in cheering on a football team. Prayer is labeled by other's as strictly being religious. Whatever your belief; prayer is just as wonderful in celebrating, motivating, and cheering on to promote success, winning, and to comfort others in time of need. To hope and encourage.
Without prayer we are nothing. God is the only true way for eternal life. I feel sorry for those who don't believe in him. For they will have eternal damnation. Scientists have yet to prove the bible wrong. 6 little words sums it all up. Few there be that find it.
The united states of America is the place of innovation and freedom. If we don't have the right to pray then we are insulting the family that came to this country for religious freedom. You might as well say that we should start to let out killers and let child predators near kids. So when you say no to this then think of insulting your family and all you love all American.
There should be freedom to practice prayer in school. It should not be an issue. Religious freedom is supposed to be guaranteed by the constitution. It is unfortunate that there are those who would seek to remove this, or any, freedom from this great country. They forget what a deep price was paid to secure these freedoms in the first place. They also forget that, once you allow someone's freedoms to be taken away, popular opinion could be used to take any minority's freedoms from them. For this reason alone, if not for more noble reasons, we should be sure to protect the religious freedoms of those who would openly pray in schools.
This is not to say that all should be forced to pray..... This would violate the religious freedoms of those who choose not to follow God.
In America, nobody should worry about suffering consequences for praying in school. There are people who pay the price to pray IN AMERICA! It is a shameful thing that this can be said.
I understand that other people have their own beliefs, but by taking away our rights of our morning pledge they took away our freedom of speech. If others do not want to join in they don't have to but as our Christian rights we should be aloud our own freedom.
I believe that prayer should be aloud in school ,kids should be aloud to show there religious views. Before every football ,volleyball, or any other sporting events they always have a prayer before there game for good luck. But there could be some kids where there parents don't pray or go to church so they may not want to pray. While some kids may not want to pray but there are also others that's do want to pray. Some family's may pray before a meal, or before something, so that's what they where raised to do is pray. So why shouldn't they be aloud to do it in school.
Yes, prayer should be allowed. The only reason it ever became separate is when people started looking to far into the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Constitution. The Constitution says that there should be a separation of church and state. This means that the church should not be allowed to deal with money or taxes. This is exactly the problem that happened in England and in the Catholic church in the dark ages. However, this did NOT by ANY MEANS mean that God should be taken out of the schools and government. Matter of fact this country was founded on Christianity and God and it should remain that way. Without God there is nothing. Therefore, prayer should be allowed in schools.
First, let me say that those who do not believe in God should be intitiled to do as they please, and those with various religions should follow their beliefs. Howeverer,there are several reasons why prayer should be brought back into the school systems today. One, if there were prayer in school this could help children to understand how the world was started. Prayer in school may influence a child to read the bible. The child could learn a lot about how the world came about by reading the bible. Prayer in school could also influence a child to be thankful and more appreciative of others. For instance, our school systems today have turned to violence and hatred. If a child is taught about God in school then the child has a better chance of having good morals and is more respectful of others. Therefore, if a child has good morals the child would not want to be violent. If the child’s parent’s do not teach the child about God at home, does not take them to church or read the bible to them, then school is the only place for them to learn about God.
If the child is not taught about God or religion at home or in school then this could be harmful to the child and also to the public. Children who have no knowledge of God tend to have lower morals than children who have knowledge and believe in God. If children do not believe in God than they seem to think it is okay to carry a gun to school and kill someone. They believe that doing drugs is okay. If you have a parent’s at home that do not believe in God and do drugs than the children think well mom and dad can do it why can’t I. If the child does not believe in God then they think stealing is okay. It seems to me that if the child does not believe in God then they have nothing to fear, therefore, they feel they are invisible and can do anything and it will be okay. If a child is not taught about God and religion at home than school is their only source of learning.
There are many people in the world today who are completely against prayer in schools. These people feel their children should not have to be exposed to prayer during school time. Maybe the parent’s themselves do not believe in God and they want the same for their children. Myself personally I can not think of any reason not to bring prayer back into the school systems.
I believe prayer should be brought back into the school systems. I think if religion was more focused on in school, then the school systems would be a better and safer place for our children today. I also believe the teachers would feel more safe at their jobs if they had the chance to teach a student about God.
I absolutely support prayer in school. As long it is not geared towards the acceptance of prayer by one religion or belief system. A space where all people who are religious, spiritual or others who maybe seeking peace should be allowed to practice. Even those who don't belief in a God should still be welcome to do there own type of practices or meditations.
If anybody is allowed to spread the word of God anywhere at any point in time, then they should be allowed to pray in school. Also if a topic that refers to God comes up in class students should be allowed to express the own opinion not having to say something that they don't believe in. Teachers in school teach the student to freely express what the are feeling. If the are feeling that they should say something that refers to God it should be a crime, they shouldn't get in trouble, it's just what they were taught to do.
The amendments state "freedom of speech and religion". The world has become an atheist based world...That I don't believe in. There are several different religions,that wear there religious clothing to public places such as school. If teachers are afraid of children interrupting class for prayer....There is a moment of silence in my school that my fellow classmates and I use for prayer....So I strongly believe that all students of faith deserve their moment of silence...For their religious commitment to speak louder than words
I say yes because i know that there is only one true God who created the universe, and that he loves me and you. I can't get it that people are trying to ban prayer from schools!! I go to a charter school, and sometimes i can see kids praying in the hallways!!! It's very touching!!
IT SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN SCHOOLS! There is no reason why it should't be. Let it in schools or this country will be ruined. Kids have rights just as adults do. Its their life, let them be! It isn't mandatory so not all of the kids have to participate. Let them pray.
Yes it should, because it sets a standard in which we should live. This country values was based on the God words. School was so much better and safer, and the children and adults gave honor to the one you woke them up in every morning. All god ask for is respect for letting you live everyday.
The adults/teachers should respect the kids' religion and it could teach the kids to respect each other. That could have a huge impact on behavior in kids. Also if the kids are allowed to the other kids could learn about different religions so they could understand all religion so they could learn. THEY ARE LEARNING PEOPLE. That is what school is about. I could give the kids a chance to learn about their history.
I believe prayer should be allowed in school because it helps children embrace their religion. So what the other kids feel awkward at least the ones who are praying are doing what they believe is right! Wouldn't you do the same? America is a free country and everyone has equal rights so what is the problem with praying? If children are praying while others stare it doesn't matter let them do what they want to. Isn't American schools diverse, so what's the problem?
If prayer was not allowed in school, that would be a violation of religious liberty and the constitution. If Bibles were not allowed in school, that would also be a violation of religious liberty and the constitution. Any school that tries to limit somebody's religion liberty can be sued for not allowing somebody to pray or bring their Bible to school.
It should be in schools because this country was built on the grace of god and the love from him,People like atheist should mind their own business,kids wouldn't get bullied because 99.9.\. Of things would be better because every one would be a christian.I love my God And Thank Him
I believe that religion should be allowed in school but a law prevents us from praying in class but if you really want you can pray by your self and you can read the bible. I believe in God and Jesus I it should be allowed but that's my opinion.
I think that if people in schools believe in God and Jesus that they shouldn't be kept form praying for what they believe in. If you have time to pray you don't have to have a group to pray you just need you. You can have a group but you don't have to.
I think that schools should be able to read there bibles and pray in school. When you go to church the pasters say you can pray and read our bibles when and where you what to, but the school are saying that we can't read our bibles and prayer in school.
I believe that prayer should be allowed in school because every one should be able to express their feelings. Also if a school doesn't allow religion in school that could chase away some family's from the school and church. A school should not tell you want to believe or not believe at all. When you go to church everybody tells you that you can prayer where ever and when ever and if you want to prayer in a group you can't.
I believe students should be able to pray in school as long as he/she doesn't disrupt the whole class in the process. Students OR teachers should if they want to, i mean, its their religion and if they want to pray, then they should. I think you should be able to if you want to.
If people can pray anywhere else why can't we pray in school. If some people are religious why can't they thank the Lord for school, friends, and that people take time to do things like this. I really think that they should do a prayer before they start school. I want prayer in school.
I believe that prayer should be allowed in school, I don't agree with it being mandatory, just allowed. Students should be able to pray to God if they feel it's necessary. Students should feel closer to God, praying shouldn't be mandatory but allowed in schools. Students should have the right to pray to God.
I would think that they should have religion, because if some people don't like it don't have them pray and do it where other people would feel uncomfortable. It is not that hard that during a study to take them into a different room so they can pray or read the bible. If they don't want to pray or if you aren't religious don't go in that room and pray just do what you have to do to keep yourself comfortable.
I think it should be allowed because some kids are really nice Christians and they pray faithfully. They could also pray like if they had a praying schedule and personally I think there should be a morning prayer for the students that want to pray. This is the reason I think there should be prayer in school.
I think that prayers should be able to be in school. In my opinion they should cause if they believe in God they should be able to pray to him. During a game they should be able, or before a game you could I think that they should be able to pray anywhere they want to in school and out of school.
I think that prayer should be in schools because it lets children express there individuality . The children should be allowed because it doesn't matter what they believe in it matters what they will believe for their own family. I think its wrong to not let children pray for whatever they want.
You are always being told in church that you are allowed to pray whenever and wherever you want, but prayer being banned in schools is ruining that right. Freedom of Speech is being taken away by schools banning prayer. If I decide to pray in school, I should be able to.
Because every one believes in the lord if you think about it for real, and the show it and carry it around 24/7 think about it....... American currency clearly states "IN GOD WE TRUST" so they have no reason to spot students from showing their religion. So you can try to stop people from praying or what not in school but there is real y nothing you can do
My class and I are having to write an essay on this topic and there were some very controversial answers. The sad fact is that we are a Christian nation filled with Athiests. This nation was formed on Christianity. As a matter of fact, The freedom of religion part in the Constitution was not originally based on all religions, it was only based on Christianity and Catholisism. This nation is pretty messed up, messed up to no end or return.
I believe that religion should be completely allowed in schools. And those that don't have a religion don't have to pray,or practice religion. Some people that have never heard of God can learn about him. Sometimes it helps me learn and boosts my confidence level. A lot of people are thankful for many things and would like to thank God for what they get, and sometimes they pray in school.
Religion and prayer helps me with my work, I always do ten times better when i'm reminded that the Lord is with me. Prayer and religion shouldn't be MANDATORY, but should be allowed for those of which want or need prayer in schools. Sometimes students that want but can't have prayer in school, don't do as well than if they could have those things to rely on.
I believe if you want to pray then you should. It doesn't bother anyone and it doesn't hurt anyone. Whatever religion you are in you should be able to pray wherever you are at. It's cool with me. I don't care what your religion is, it's what you believe in.
I respect people who want to pray.
You should be able to pray in school. It helps you get through the day.
I think prayer should be put in public schools because of all the chaos that goes on in schools. If prayer and God were there in the beginning, maybe some kids who mess up could have a firmer foundation in life, and all in all, there could be better people in this world and in schools.
Prayer is our shield and Jesus did die for us our little prayer it not even enough for all the sacrifices he took and save us all. He did what he did to save us from the danger and the hurt and pain that we would have to go through but instead he took it for us because he loves us. He loves us...Why don't we love him back though? Enough to at least let prayer be approved in a public place like school
These stupid athiests think they deserve it all but the country was founded by christians who intended spreading the word of god now what we have are left wing liberals who get offendended by anything religious. All im saying is that our founding fathers will be upset about the turnout of this country. May god bless us all
As an Atheist, why shouldn't they be allowed? However, I believe those students should do this outside of class so they are not impeding others from learning. Moment of silence through the loud speaker should not be allowed as it singles out religious students from non-believers. Atheists should not have to be subjected to that. And elementary students do not entirely comprehend religion at that age. They are vulnerable to believe in whatever they are told.
It should be allowed, but not only for Christian religion, also for Jewish and Muslim, we must habilitate a room where all these people can pray if they want. Freedom of religion is a fact, and we must respect it in our schools giving all the religions a space for their prayers.
Prayer is a very unintrusive and non threatening activity and to deny it would be denying a persons freedom of religion. Once religion begins to intrude on the rights of others, only then can it be limited (ie. Killing of infidels, stoning harlots). If it were a requirement, it would infringe on the freedom of religion. That however is not the case.
This is the foundation of the United States of America! One NATION (state) Under GOD (church) for which IT (state) STANDS. I don't understand how anyone can believe the two should be separated. How do political leaders take the American Flag as our Country's symbol and have this country learn and recite a pledge with these words if church and state should be separated? I believe in God and I pray and am ashamed to say I rarely attend church but when I was in school and we recited the pledge every morning and a prayer, this country seemed to be a much nicer place to be. Just look at how things were then and how they are now; people have ZERO respect for others, murder, drugs, stealing, fighting, and the list goes on, has never been this bad. I know when I was in school and we participated in prayer first thing in the morning it brought peace and calmness to the environment and I am not sure how that can be a bad thing! I understand that people do not want others beliefs imposed upon them or their children, but a prayer doesn't have to get so specific that it can't be neutral and just a group of people coming together for a moment. What is a waste of time is when kids in school are disruptive, disrespectful, bullying, bringing and using weapons and drugs to the point that a teacher is unable to educate our children! My grandson, who lives with me, started kindergarten in public school and because of district regulations could no longer attend, so we enrolled him in a catholic school. Please keep in mind we are not Catholic; however, my husband asked him the other day did he like his old or new school better and this was his 5 year old reply: "I like my new school better. At the old school they wanted us to be good and it was kinda hard but at the new school it's easy to be good." My husband asked him, "why is that?" And he said, "because we go to church, we pray, we say the pledge and everybody is just happy." He hasn't been to church very much in his little life but he felt a difference and the reason was simple to him. Our government is currently shut down and that's because we are not acting as one nation--we are divided and not following the principles that we were built upon which obviously included God! Until we can get back to those principles, maybe we should try a little prayer because this isn't working out so well......
But forced, definitely not. Nobody wants to be forced to do anything they don't want to. However, someone shouldn't be forced /not/ to do something they'd like to do, either. If you want or need to pray in school, let the student do so without asking questions or staring. If a student doesn't want to or need to pray, then don't make them do it. Free will.
Most people who say yes have mentioned that Jesus died for us and we should honor him for that, and that is their reason for thinking that. Now, i believe in God and Jesus and i do agree that if you believe in those things then praying is a great way to honor the lord, but what if you dont believe in God? If you don't believe in God you don't pray it is as simple as that. If you don't pray why should it be a problem if somebody alse does? I personally think that school should teach students not only what is in the textbooks, but what is outside the "dome" that they have to live in until they can support themselves and be independent, mature adults. Outside this dome people pray. Wether you like it or not. No matter where you go people are going to be doing stuff you dont like and you'll have to deal with it, but that doesn't mean you are being forced to do it to. That's why students should be allowed to pray in school.
Religion is a way of life. Prayer helps to keep us calm, composed and have a positive view in all parts of our life. It's a way to thank God for everything he's given us and has no true negative impacts on humans. So why ban it? Embrace it!
-From a muslim
Prayer in schools should be allowed, so students can feel more at ease believing in any religion. I'm a atheist, but honestly, you do have a right to express your religion, as long as you don't force and tell people they are wrong. For example, I wouldn't say that your religion is wrong no matter what because you have the right to it.
I say it should not, because if it was then it would take away school time and then they will get bad grades. Also they would get teased, mocked, bullied, punched, and threatened, so I say no, it should not be allowed. If it was then just think of all the different religions in the world.
No, prayer should not be allowed in school. Schools are a place where there are children of many different cultures and religions and it is not fair to have the children forced into one religion with allowing prayer in school. School is meant to be an unbiased place and allowing prayer takes that away.
It is unfair for people who don't believe to have to be taught about it and to be lectured or to forced to do anything religious in school. It is also unfair for people who do believe to have to sit and listen about other religions because it could start to persuade them when they really don't want to be persuaded. Parents might also want their children to be taught only specific things about religion.
I am a high school student and i have had to deal with silent prayer time ever since I was in Kindergarten, that "moment of silence" was always super awkward for not only me, but other students as well. You just stand there and don't know what to do if you aren't religious..
Why should prayer be brought into school when not everyone has the same beliefs. We have the choice to pray on our own but kids shouldn't be forced to pray in schools. If you want to be more involved with prayer in school then you shouldn't be going to a public school.
If people pray in schools it would indeed waste time. So there is no reason to pray. The only time you should pray is in church if you have a religion. If you don't have a religion, then don't bother praying it's going to do you no good. People shouldn't be steered around and have their mind messed up by religion. People should be allowed to live their own way without the peer pressure of religion.
Since the first amendment has given us religious freedom that simply proposes we can practice whatever religion we want in our freedom full country of AMERICA! Pulling what has been set to be at home should not be forcefully changed by a teachers or administrators decision. School is a place where our kids LEARN and become better people for our countries future, so religion freely practiced elsewhere is a much better alternative than taking time from school on the desks. The bottom line is schools and religion should be separated
If religion were allowed to be practiced in schools, it could leave many children vulnerable to bullies and hatred. It should be frowned upon to see people hated for religion these days, but hey, what can you do, this is what society is coming to. It is a complete shame.
i believe that prayer should not be publicly endorsed by schools whether the school is public or private. this should not happen because if a student with a non-mainstream way of praying could be singled out for bullying and this can causes the school enviroment to go from one of learning to a place that can become a negitive enviroment for the students.
If prayer is so important then take your child to a RELIGIOUS based school. If you go to PUBLIC school then you need to abide by the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE laws. While I have no problem with children praying before lunch or for a good grade on a test I do not believe there is a legitimate reason to allow it (aside from the two reasons I stated). If you allow prayer in school does that mean you allow Islam, Judaism, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Pagan, Rastafarian, Taoism and etc? If you cannot afford to send your child to a religious based school then suck it up and tell your child to pray at home or in school.
This shouldn't even be a debate, the Constitution makes it very clear that there needs to be a separation between governmental institutions, i.e. publicly funded schools, and religion. This debate is a non-issue as the Supreme Court time and time again sides with the Founding Fathers and the Constitution-prayer in publicly funded schools is a violation of the Constitution, the end.
What about the kids that are being taught by their parents to be athiest, Hindu, etc. They will be singled out by the majority of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim majority. This can lead to bullying. Religion should be worshiped on personal time but during school it is necessary to universally educate.
Individual, silent, personal prayer never has and never could be outlawed in public schools. The courts have declared government-fostered prayers unconstitutional - those led, required, sanctioned, scheduled or suggested by officials.
It is dishonest to call any prayer "voluntary" that is encouraged or required by a public official or legislature. By definition, if the government suggests that students pray, whether by penning the prayer, asking them to vote whether to pray or setting aside time to pray, it is endorsing and promoting that prayer. It is coercive for schools to schedule worship as an official part of the school day, school sports or activities, or to use prayer to formalize graduation ceremonies. Such prayers are more "mandatory" than "voluntary."
There are many reasons as to why prayer cannot be in schools. The first and foremost being that our founding fathers made a clear separation of church and state. Allowing prayer in school would make religion associated with government which is clearly not what the founding fathers intended. Another reason being that now in 2013 America has become a large melting pot of religions. Just one hundred years ago we barely had any Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist people, so we can't pick a specific religion or one at all. Because public is school is open to EVERYONE, including Atheists, we cannot allow the teachers to conduct a prayer that some kids do not believe in. At private schools, yes, they should be allowed to do whatever they want, but in public schools where there are many different types of people, that is a definite no.
Religious freedom is many of the wonders of our country. There are enough ideas being shoved down our children's throats as it is. If you want your kids to pray at school, send them to the religious school of your choice. Kids of other religions and cultures should not have to put up with christian prayer in our schools.
Why would you one need to share their religious beliefs with other students? If one needs to pray, the law is clearly stated that they are allowed to do so on their own time, which is completely fair. With the placement of prayers in public schools, everyone would be forced to share the same religious beliefs as the other students. It was acceptable in historic times when everyone shared the same religious beliefs, but things have changed and not everyone has the same religious attributions.
As the title indicates, prayer is a futile exercise and many religious know it deep inside, but do not want to admit it. While it does no direct harm, it is a way of brainwashing kids into thinking that there really is a superior being that is omnipresent and omniscient and one that watches every action of yours. There is no proof of presence of such being.
One of the most basic principles education teaches us is that you need evidence to validate a theory. How do we know (a+b)^2 = a^2+b^2+2.A.B? Because it has been tried and tested countless times. So in the same intellectual temple called a school, letting children perform a prayer opposes the very soul of education.
There are so many religions, and by using prayer, you're forcing children to pray to something they don't believe in. You are also forcing religion on children, and that is of course, illegal. If you believe your religion is true, let the kids find it for themselves. Do you think they're stupid?
Religion has been used for centuries by humans to assure themselves that they are not alone. Sadly they are right on par with schizophrenics on this one, all religions are simply delusions of people who are hurt by and are afraid of death who need emotional assistance to live sanely.
Imagine for a minute that you were sitting in class and your teacher tells you its time to pray to Mohammed or Allah. Would you want to be singled out or possibly harassed if you didn't pray at school? Is it really necessary for children at a young age to decide whether they are going to participate in that prayer or not? Public Schools were made for educating, not for enforcing religion. Public schools are for all children whether Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Atheist, Muslim, or Buddhist. The schools are supported by all taxpayers (which is all of us) and therefore parents should be concerned for what kind of schooling their kids are getting. Not everyone is a Christian and not everyone prays. So, people who don't pray should not be forced to pray. Also that one Jewish kid who has been raised with his own beliefs is now being forced to pray. As our 18th President Ulysses S. Grant once said, "Leave the matter of the religion to the family alter, the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate." Thats why It should not be allowed in schools.
I say no, because it sometimes can lead to consequences and it can be awful to the kid that started it all, so all of his/her friends will not like them and they will not have an friends. But other than that, i would just simply say absoulutely not not
It shouldn't be allowed, because its against some peoples religion. Which would be violating their right to the U.S constituition of freedom of religion. The right to practice your own religion is fine when its at home, but in public its freedom of religion, so i say no to it. According to the constitution.
The other side of that is that there are people who are not Christian, who were not impressed by their schools, whose rights would be violated by prayer being allowed in schools. There ARE people who would be hurt by implementation of this policy. If you consider this and all the other ideas suggested, there is no way that this would be morally sound, or justified.
Impressionable children should be encouraged to think clearly and act decisively to solve problems instead of being coerced into creating inner dialogues with an imaginary friend or, worse, a tyrant who demands allegiance out of fear. We already have more than enough adults in this precarious world made gullible and fractious by religious beliefs centered on prayer.
There is no evidence whatsoever that prayer accomplishes what it is supposed to accomplish in reality. If it were otherwise, the world would be radically different from what it is, for good or ill, given the untold millions supplicating themselves in fervent prayer at this very moment. Compared to getting off one’s knees and actually doing something, prayer is “easy, quick, and free,” while absolving oneself of responsibility, as one internet chart puts it so well. Therein lies its appeal. But only by acting, not praying, can one truly fix the problem at hand. Instead, prayer teaches one to be a lowly dependent and indulge in wishful thinking. It deserves complete rejection in the public schools.
Were it not for the defensive overreactions of bilious, vitriolic religionists (see the "pro" column on the left, sadly, for far too many examples), it would be possible to do away with public school prayer, thereby improving the mental health of our children immeasurably.
There is no evidence whatsoever that prayer accomplishes anything. If it did, the world would be radically different from what it is, for better or worse, considering the untold millions engaged in fervent supplication to their myriad gods at this very moment. Reliance on prayer as an alternative to actually getting up and doing something to solve problems is a worldwide human tragedy. We already have enough gullible adults on our fragile planet. We need to teach impressionable children to think for themselves instead of forcing them to become dependent upon an imaginary friend or, worse, a tyrant whom they must fear and obey.
People who are not religous/practice differently could be discriminated against by people who do. The only way that you could have prayer in schools and be fair about it would be to have a seperate room for each religous group, but then you could still have people single out others because of their religous views.
Prayer should not be permitted because it would subjectively discriminate those who do not pray or who have a different faith. To do so would undermine our country's promise to separate church and state. Modern times suggest that atheism is an increasing trend, and to allow prayer would separate and alienate those who do not. Students should be allowed to exercise their first amendment right to pray but it should not become government mandated or school district sponsored.
The whole purpose of the educational program is to educate, not proselytize. When students are in school they are a captive audience, children must attend school until a certain age. The students should not have to pray and if there is a prayer over the intercom then you would have to respect the other religions and say their prayers. This soon defeats the purpose of school and cuts time way from the student learning.
Ok, I understand that you think people should have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, I do too, but there is a time and place for that, it is called church. Kids go to school to get an education, not to go to church. This is a very touchy subject that shouldn't be encountered in school. Not everyone is religious and they don't want to go to school and be around people praying, it just isn't right. If you want prayer to be allowed it should be for everyone and every religion, that would just take too much time going over every single religion when precious time is being spent for a real education, praying in school isn't going to get you any smarter and certainly won't get you a job.
Prayer should not be forced in school. It is your choice. If your in a class that is going to pray then just shut up and sit there till they are done. You dont have to pray with them. Not if you dont want to. If they are going to try and force you to then i would throw a fit.
People have the freedom of religion which also includes being an atheist. Atheists do not believe in any gods of any religion, however some of them do believe in a "higher power". But the ones that don't believe in any gods wont pray and that might encourage the school for giving them a detention that is undeserved. However, the people who are comfortable with praying can pray if they want to. You also have to take in account that schools cannot enforce religion upon the students because of the first amendment. So no, prayer should not be in school.
If someone if nonreligious or a less popular religion and live in a highly Christian/Muslim/Atheist, etc. Area they will feel uncomfortable when pray is said in school. My school had a (Christian) Prayer Circle every morning before school started and I have no problem with that; it was just a bunch of students gathering.
When you bring it into the schools people may think it's a great idea, until they realize that it means every religion, not just theirs. When I was in elementary school, granted this was a long time ago, the churches handed out Holy Bibles at the end of the school year. No one had a problem with it, accept for my family. If a different belief group handed out their booklets, everyone would through a fit. Most people aren't open minded enough to be okay with several religions and have religious tolerance. I'm have no problem with religion, but I believe it is a very private and personal thing. Especially dealing with children, we need to try and keep the learning environment a place that, regardless of who you are, is safe and friendly.