Argumentative Essay: Banning Prayer In Public Schools

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Prayer in public schools is a controversial topic that has taken top-billing on many of Americans minds. In the article, Banning Prayer in Public Schools Has Led to America’s Demise by Gary Bergel states in the first paragraph, “On June 25, l962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation – publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day.” Bergel is attempting to state that America has decreased in morals since this date as well as forbidding prayer at that time. These are the first two incorrect points of this article. They are by no means the only ones but these will be the two major points of contention addressed. First, the date Bergel uses is in reference to the court case of Engel V. Vitale in New York. This court case was not the banning of an already legal activity in public schools but the removing of a newly instated unconstitutional prayer shortly after it was put in place. The fourth paragraph of Engel v. Vitale (No. 468) 10 N.Y.2d 174, 176 N.E.2d 579, reversed clearly states, “Shortly after the practice of reciting the Regents’ prayer was adopted by the School District, the parents of ten pupils brought this action in a New York State Court,” this clearly shows that the was not a request to stop a long held tradition of prayer in schools but stop a newly instituted religious requirement. In relation to the reference of the steady declination of morals in America after this court case has no actual reference to proof of this, nor is there…show more content…
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