Religion in School

Essay by 50High School, 12th gradeB, March 2008

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The First Amendment of the United Sates Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference, this includes school. I for the most part agree with the principles stated in the constitution.

Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing laws to set an official religion over another. It enforces what we hear so much about, the separation of church and state. The free exercise clause prohibits the government in most cases from interfering with a person's practice of their religion.

I agree that teachers or school officials shouldn't be allowed to lead their class in prayer. This should also be students also. I'm a Christian, but chances are everyone in the room probably isn't and that could offend someone. I wouldn't want someone who believed in Buddha to get up and lead a class in prayer.

I also agree that prayer should be allowed during non instructional time, but in actuality prayer can be done silently at anytime. Reading the bible during non instructional time I also agree with. The bible is a book, and like any other book that doesn't involve the class you are in, you will be asked to put it away and focus on the class that you are in.

Organized prayer groups and activities is a good thing, they should have the same rights as say an intramural volleyball team at school, and advertise just like anyone else would be allowed to. Despite popular misunderstanding the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment us not very different from the right to freedom of speech. It allows an individual to express themselves through publication and distribution. It is part of the constitutional protection of freedom of expression. It does not afford members of the media any special rights or privileges not afforded to citizens in general.

I believe that prayer at graduation should have someone selected. I would not like to see someone just randomly picked to get up and say prayer at graduation. I know at my graduation someone was pre selected, it was not at all a neutral situation. It states a school official may not lead a group in prayer or organize religious ceremonies, but someone has got to do it, I just wonder if they did what would happen. Would they be terminated? With God on your right side, who needs a left?I'm personally glad that the government can't interfere with free speech or religion. They already control enough of the people's lives. But they took prayer out of school and look at everything that has happened. The court case Engel vs. Vitale is the reason why. Religion can be taught in school though. Because I have taken a religion class in college and loved it. The teacher taught it well, but was very careful not to shove his point of view down your throat. He was very open minded. The Greatest story never told…in school. Can the bible make a comeback in school?