Ms. Ewald & Miss Arends
English I, Period 1
May 22, 2014
Do our schools violate the 1st Amendment?
Imagine going into a place and not being able to talk about what you want to say. In example, a boy in a public school in Mississippi signed up for a talent show. The day came for the show and he got up on stage and sang Matt Redman’s, “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).” This song was bringing a lot of debate and controversy to the staff and students. While he was singing this song, the principal turned of the microphone and walked up to him and told he he can’t sing that song and he needed to go sit down. The next day a group of students all wore cross necklaces to school to back this kid up. In some public schools, this is a major concern. For instance, children are getting in trouble because they talk about religion and try to make God apart of their study. This is wrong because kids should be able to talk about their beliefs. In other words, public schools should allow children to talk about religion in the classroom. Bringing God into school is a great idea, but others may not agree with me. Cheerleaders at LakeviewFort Oglethorpe High School in north Georgia had an unusual way of kicking off football games: They would set up huge paper banners on the edge of the field for players to crash through banners embossed with Christian proselytizing messages and Bible passages. This started bringing up major concerns with the members of the community and the staff was not going to tolerate this. Rob Boston, the author of the article states, “When a local resident pointed out that perhaps this raised legal issues, school officials reluctantly said they would put a stop to
it immediately sparking the wrath of some in the community”. The community got mad at the school officials because they made the cheerleaders stop praying before football games. School officials can put a stop to things kids want to do. The community could get mad at school officials real quickly which could backfire real quick. School officials could think that religion might disrupt the work and the class. People in the community might also get mad because schools have a lot of events that involves citizens. The people of the community could take things in an offensive way and get angry. This affects tolerance in a way because these kids were doing nothing wrong and the principal needs to respect those cheerleaders for doing what they thought was right. The principle needs to show respect to those cheerleaders because they all have rights and they all deserve them. If these cheerleaders want to pray for the football team before they play, then they should let them do it. But then again, there are a lot of people that are for religion in schools. Principal Jerry Ransom says, “‘I’m not naive enough to believe that everyone in the school are Christians, I would like them to be because I believe that’s what’s best, but you can’t force anyone to believe what you believe”’ (qtd. in Boston). It looks like Jerry Ransom knows that everyone in his school is not Christian but he wants people in his school to be Christians, even though he can’t because he is not able to change anybody’s beliefs. Jerry wants to make the best out of these kids and he knows that he wants them to be Christian, but if they want to be Muslim, there is nothing he can do about that. He understands that everybody has their own beliefs and can believe in what they want to believe in. Jerry believes that Christians are great role models and can lead by example. Ronsom’s ideas can make an impact to society because kids can see this and maybe make a difference in schools. They can make in impact because of Christ.
Following the law is good and everybody should live by it. We should all have rights too. ...
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