Topics: Human rights, Religion, First Amendment to the United States Constitution Pages: 3 (962 words) Published: December 28, 2012
• nearly 1,000,000 children, age 5 and under, survive each year after accidental exposure to potentially poisonous substances;
• thousands of pet cats and dogs are vaccinated each year and are thus spared from diseases such as feline leukemia, distemper, pave, and rabies
• children with sickle cell disease have a greater chance of living longer lives, pain-free;
• 30,000 young Americans, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, have
a greatly increased chance of leading full and healthy lives;
• twelve million Americans, age 6 and older, are able to keep
their high blood pressure under control with medication;
• thousands of people receiving kidney, heart, lung, or liver transplants each year have a better chance for normal, productive lives;
• today’s children have no concept of what an “iron lung” is because of the virtual eradication of crippling polio.
In such a diverse country, respecting different beliefs is important. As Congressperson Ernest Istook said, “Neither the United States nor any State shall establish any official religion, but the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be infringed.” I support the resolution that religious holiday celebrations in public schools ought to be allowed.

I will now define critical terms from the resolution from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. “Religious” is defined as of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances. “Holiday” is defined as holy day, a day set aside for special religious observance. “Celebrations” is defined as festivities to honor a notable occasion. “Public Schools” is defined as free, tax-supported schools controlled by a local governmental authority. “Allowed” is defined as expressly permitted.

My value is freedom. I,...
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