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1 Religion in public schools There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed. Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Weiss v. District Board, 1890-MAR- 18. Some people think that prayers should be allowed in the schools so that children can develop religious respect. Some people say that prayers should not be allowed in the schools otherwise children would develop religious partiality in them. This difference in thoughts leads us to a controversial issue if we should do prayers in the schools or not. Is it wise to ban religion in school? My opinion would be to ban prayers in public but there should not be any problem when students pray in group or individually. Some people today are quick to blame society‟s ills on the government‟s supposed campaign to “take God out of the classroom.” They date the beginning of society‟s demise from the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Engel v. Vitale, in which the Court ruled that “state officials may not compose an official state prayer and require that it be recited in the public schools of the State at the beginning of each school day even if the prayer is denominationally neutral and pupils who wish to do so may remain silent or be excused from the room while the prayer is being recited.” While state - sponsored prayer in public schools was banned following the Vitale ruling, no agency of the government, including the U.S. Supreme Court, has ever prohibited or ruled as illegal the offering of prayers in public schools. Students are free to pray silently at any time, and are even free to pray publicly or together in groups in certain public spaces, such as
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2 cafeterias or playgrounds. Given the fact that students have always enjoyed as they do currently the religious freedom to pray silently at any time, one must question the true intention behind efforts to implement state-sponsored school prayer. Is it prayer that is desired or the public demonstration of prayer? Is the true desire to manipulate the sacred act of prayer to serve as a tool for proselytizing? The debate all started when the church and states separated. There were many reasons behind it. The myth behind this separation is also quite interesting. Anytime religion is mentioned within the confines of government today people cry, "Separation of Church and State". The American people knew what would happen if the State established the Church like in England. Even though it was not recent history to them, they knew that England went so far as forbidding worship in private homes and sponsoring all church activities and keeping people under strict dictates. They were
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