First Admenment Essay - First Amendment Jill Varady English...

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First Amendment Jill Varady English 102 MW 9:30-10:45 Mrs. Renzo
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Prayer in school should be allowed in public schools so that children may properly express themselves if they choose so. The issue of school prayer is about whether the public school systems should let the students pray on their own at the start of the school day. Under the First Amendment, students should be allowed to pray either by themselves or in small groups while in public school. This is not something endorsed by the school, but allowed if students want to. I feel that it is something that needs to be allowed. The ability to express ones self is something that every child needs. There are children of different religions in every class, but they should all be able to express themselves instead of keeping them silent. Critics of the Supreme Court’s rulings on school prayer say that the court has ignored the nation’s long and vital religious history. It has been a common belief that the nation has always supported whatever religion they see fit. Many argue that religion helped to build not only the nation’s institutions, but its honorable structure as well. They say that in the modern world, where divorce and out- of-wedlock birth rates have sharply risen, the reintroduction of prayer may help build and strengthen traditional values of respect, responsibility and sympathy.   Religious faith can be a powerful force, either for good or evil. Religion, they say, should be taught by parents at home or by religious leaders elsewhere, not by governments or school teachers (School Prayer 2-5). The first reason to explain why banning prayer is unconstitutional is the First Amendment of the Constitution. It states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (School Prayer 1)”. The right to free expression of religion is one of the fundamental freedoms this country was founded on. Right now in the public school system, schools must remain neutral with
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respect to religion. Schools do more than train children's minds. They also help to nurture
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