School Prayer Essay

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Naim Muhammad-Wyatt English 10 Mr. Murphy 6 May 2011 School Prayer School prayer is has been a controversial issue since the beginning of the United States. It should not be required because the diversity of religions in this country is vast, and continues to grow. The constitution also says there should be no school prayer as well. Although there is freedom of expression, there are places where students to go for religious expression. Prayer in public school should not be required because of this country’s diverse culture, it is unconstitutional, and there are other places for prayer. Prayer inside school has been a controversial issue for over a century. In 1789, the first of ten amendments were written to the Federal Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (James Madison). This clearly states that religion and education should not be mixed at all. Even though prayer in public schools is considered a very controversial subject, some schools are not changing the way it is dealt with. In the early 20th century, the argument was whether or not the school day should be started with a prayer over the PA system of school. This didn't last long, that there is so much diversity between the religious beliefs of high school children today. The argument then moved on to replace prayer with moment of silence. Although prayer is considered very important to people, it should not be mixed with public schools. One of the most important reasons is because this country’s diversity is very large and is growing fast. Furthermore, the first amendment does not allow the mixing of

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