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Essay-Prayer in School

Prayer and school

“‘Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious
opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or
geometry,’ the statute declared. ‘Truth is great and will
prevail if left to herself.’ Therefore, ‘no man shall be
compelled to frequent or support any religious worship,
place, or ministry…nor shall otherwise suffer on account of
his religious opinions or beliefs,” (Carnes and Garraty,
The American Nation: (Volume One) The History of the United
States to 1877, p. 126). Everyone in the world is different
from everyone else in the world. There are many religions
in the world and many different people. Everyone has the
right to worship in his or her own way and form. Religion
should be separated from school and kept at home.
Some people support praying in school. For example,
there are many religious organizations that would do almost
anything to get the separation of church and state over
thrown. These organizations put forward their best efforts
in petitions, polls, letters, phone calls, etc. to create a
religious environment in public schools. Prayer in school
would unite everyone under one being, and prayer would make
people feel like a part of the group. Freedom of speech
should allow religious activity in school such as prayer.
God is a wonderful force, and people should never lose
faith in their creator. Prayer in school is a wonderful
thing that will unite everyone under one source.
The separation of church and state is a key factor
against praying in school. The separation of church and
state is supposed to keep religion out of public schools.
If someone goes to a catholic school then there can be
catholic prayer because the school is of a catholic
religion, and public schools are for everyone. Public
schools cannot classify as a single religion because there
is so much diversity it would be unfair to classify as a
single religion. It is unfair to make someone worship a
religion or a religious figure that is not of the religion
that he or she practices. The law states that church and
state should be kept separate, so why should someone else
say otherwise?
The first amendment states, “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,”
(http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?
documentID=3924). The first amendment keeps the church’s
wrath outside of the children’s education and minds. The
church unites people with the feeling of superiority, and
superiority is not a good thing to have. When supremacy is
put into someone, someone will start to act in such a way
that it could affect other people with plenty of negative
factors. For example, during the holocaust, there was much
feeling of superiority. The holocaust started with some
events that led to the feeling of superiority, which in
turn led to the demise of many people that did not fit the
standards of the “upper class,” or the nazi parties, “Aryan
race.” The sad thing about he holocaust was that the nazi
party would have never gained its power if all the other
parties combined forces. The reason I use the example of
the nazi’s in this prayer in school essay is because
certain religions have a feeling of superiority over the
others. Another example of religious superiority, during
the witch trials in Europe, almost every woman between a
certain age range was killed for witchcraft. During the
times of the black plague (while Christianity was spreading
all over Europe and converting people), the Christian
church did not want people to say that ‘god’ was killing
because that would be a negative reflection on ‘god.’ The
church was trying to gain support, so it would not look
good if they made a promise of life if the people believed
in ‘god.’ The church used its superior feelings over the
Wiccian religion (which has been around over 5,000 years
and consists of worshiping the earth and elements), so the
church blamed the Wiccians for the black plague drawing
attention away from their ‘god.’ The government interacted
with the church, and many women lost their lives because of
a superior feeling from an outside religion. In the United
States, many people lost their lives due to the same
superiority. The Salem witch trials occurred because these
two girls started some gossip because a few other girls in
the school were not converted Christians. Twenty-four
people died during the Salem witch trials of those five
were male. Religious superiority is a huge factor in
history, and harassment can reoccur. Many religious factors
can become racial factors, such as the holocaust. During
the holocaust, the Catholic Church did support the
holocaust. The Catholic Church stays quiet about it today,
but during the holocaust it silently supported it. The
Catholic Church did not say, “go ahead kill them,” but the
Catholic Church stayed quiet approving it. Religious
difference can bring physical and mental disturbances.
You cannot make Christian person worship at a
Catholic Church. There are many different religions, and
you cannot classify or unite all religions under one unity.
For example, there was a case I read about awhile back
where a Jehovah’s witness sued so he or she did not have to
say the pledge of allegiance. The pledge of allegiance
states, “One nation under ‘god,’” and the Jehovah’s
witnesses do not believe in ‘god.’ Why should someone have
to worship a being that does not exist to them? For another
example, I do not believe in ‘god,’ and I do not want to be
forced to worship something I believe is not true. My
problem with religion is I believe religion is all an
excuse for the unexplained. Anything that is unexplained
is ‘god’s’ doing. I have my own beliefs and I do not want
the state to be able to force me to worship something I
believe is a crime. Nobody should be forced to
worship ‘god’ if he or she doesn’t believe in ‘god.’
. Religion should be separated from school and kept
at home. Some people support praying in schools, but we
have learned from past experiences that praying in schools
can lead to religious and racial tensions. The separation
of church and state is a key factor against praying in
school. The first amendment keeps the church’s wrath
outside of the children’s education and minds. You cannot
make Christian person worship at a Catholic Church. There
are many different religions, and you cannot classify or
unite all religions under one unity. Religion has no place
in schools.