Religion in Public Schools

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Definition:
Religion in school is the practice of any personal religious beliefs in a place of education.

Introduction:
In recent years teaching or the individual practice of religion in school has become a very controversial topic. There are many different views on this matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. There are people on both sides of the spectrum, there are those who believe that it should be taught and allowed in school, and there are those who believe it should not be taught or practiced in school. There have been cases brought to court about how religion should be taken out of schools, or if it should be allowed. This essay will explore both sides of the spectrum.

Thesis:
Religion in public schools should not be taught; for schools are funded by the people and the government, and our government utilizes a separation of church and state premise.

Arguments:
Support Argument One:
Prayer in public schools is a very controversial subject. Both sides have many opinions on the matter; it can cause student and staff turmoil or distrust. Allowing voluntary prayer in school could cause turmoil, for each person's religion is individual unto him or her self. The United States does not have a "state religion;" thus, schools are unable to teach a common primacy of any religion. There could be a student up rise or unrest. An example would be, a Jewish student attends a school where a majority of the students are Christian; therefore, that Jewish student could be harassed by other students for not praying the same way or not praying at all like they do. Now, say that student is atheist and a majority of the students are still Christian, then the atheist student that doesn't pray at all when prayer time is allotted, may be ridiculed for being different. A great example of this happening in real life is the case of Ishmael Jaffree. He is an agnostic father of six children, who filed a lawsuit against the school board of Alabama...
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