Voluntary Prayer In Public Schools

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VOLUNTARY PRAYER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS Religion plays a big role in today's society. For the most part people, including the government, accept that there is a Being - we'll call him God - who, as a nation, we live under. Voluntary prayer in public schools is and will remain a situation that can not be settled. Many people are for it, however, there is still that group of people who are against it. Unfortunately public schools cannot do anything about the situation for risk of a lawsuit placed against them. There are so many controversial views about voluntary prayer in public schools. No matter what, either for or against it, things are always being taken out of context, making it virtually impossible to come up with a decision.

There are many reasons for prayer in public schools, Since the absence of prayer in public schools, the performance rates of students has declined along side their morals.

Also, all students, no matter race, religion, or background, have the same rights to meet, before, during, and after school with their various organizations. The most important reason for prayer in public schools is that the First Amendment of the Constitution allows it. Many people would think that this is the first time that prayer has been banned from public schools, but it is not. In 1962 the Supreme Court made the same ruling by banning school prayer after the case of Engel vs. Vitale.

In past studies, the statistics show that banning school prayer leads to increased crime, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption and other social ills ("School", 2). There has been a radical decline in the four areas which children's prayer touched upon: youth, family, education and national life (Bergel, 1). The rate of violent crimes committed has...