Unit 3 Assignment 2: Exploratory Paper
Prayer in Public Schools
Since the US Supreme Court ruled that prayer should not be in public schools, it has changed the way Americans feel towards religion and state and it has also affected the upbringing of our children. By the separating of religion and state we have taken away a fundamental part of our culture. A lot of the older generation was raised with prayer in schools. Because of the diversities of religions in America today, allowing every group to hold their own prayer sessions would take up too much time. The US Supreme Court ruling did not stop prayer in schools, what it did was to not allow the government to set the standards for any one type of religion to get preferential treatment over another religion. Students can still hold prayer services, such as a fraternity meeting or a religious meeting. Some group of people, such as the Scientologist and Atheists do not believe in a God that governs over us. Also any other religions that have varied views governing prayer may not agree to the “ritual” of prayer in schools. To be non-offensive to all types of religions, it is best to allow prayer as an individual activity. Families should pray together as their religion dictates. We have become dependent on the government to tell us when and where to do things, instead of taking back those things we have control over. People opposed to the idea of no prayer in schools should reaccess the situation and take the opportunity to instill in their families their fundamental values and beliefs of their own religion. By doing so they can ensure that their religious values are kept.