Antigone Essay

Antigone Essay - Antigone Essay Holt Norman Monday December...

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Antigone Essay Holt Norman Monday, December 6, 2010 In the United States, the issue of religion, and its role in government has long been a cause of conflict and disparate opinions. Although this country was founded by people of fervent religious beliefs, our forefathers also went to great care not to favor one Christian religion over another, cognizant of the tendency of the majority to force their beliefs on the minority. Over time and up until the present, a battle has waged between those who believe in a divine right to practice religion in school and those who believe any mention of God in school infringes on the civil rights included in the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Over the course of our country’s history, our forefathers and our court systems have rightly interpreted our laws so that the formal practice of religion in schools has been forbidden, and schools have been expressly stopped from sanctioning prayer in any way, and yet religious tolerance has been a part of our country since before the Constitution existed and this limiting of one religion over others has allowed all religions to flourish equally. In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, an outspoken atheist, filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore school board to try and eliminate prayer in school. Her lawsuit was dismissed on the local level, but reached the Supreme Court of the Unites States. Although Justice Leonard Kerpelman argued that the Constitution
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