Op-ed: Freedom of Religion
Freedom of religion, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, ensures that separation of church and state. Many believers point out that faith plays a unique role in lives, and that is ofter true. But for atheists who dismiss belief in God as no more credible than belief in Santa Claus or in fairies miss the point. More many religious believers, religion is an intellectual exercise or matter of logic. In my opinion, religion should be expressed but not forced. This relates to a current event from from Eyewitness News, an Arizona high school football coach was suspended for praying with his team.
Freedom of religion should be expressed to certain extent, where you shouldn’t force anyone else to pray along with you. Tom Birttian prayed with his players at Tempe Preparatory Academy, which state-funded charter school. The head master said that it all boils down to protecting separation of church and state. The TPA headmaster Dr. David Baum said, “He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that. He just can’t do that with our students.”. The coach was ordered to stay away from the field on Friday night while his team played their homecoming game, and he was also asked to stay away from the next week’s game too. I agree with the choice that the headmaster made because he shouldn’t have forced the student to pray because that wouldn’t allow them to express their religious freedom. Interestingly, many students and parents disagreed with the headmasters choice. Students came to the homecoming game and hung up a sign that said, “We believe.” They showed their support for Coach Brittain, who had been the coach at TCP for 12 years and a teacher at the cool for 17 years. But other parents agree with headmaster Baum’s decision and said that Brittain has been pushing his players to pray for years. This is in relation to the bill of rights, because although you have the freedom of religion, there...
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