School Prayer Essay

I. Intro- Contrary to the claims, students have the Constitutional right

to pray in school, either individually or in informal groups so long as the

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prayer is not organized by the school. But if the students only knew what

they were really doing by praying in school.

II. First of all they are going against the Bible. As to quote, Matthew 6:5-6:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing

in the synagogues and on the street corners. But when you pray, go into your room,

close the door and pray…” So as you can see those who pray in places such as the

cafeteria, middle of the hall or things of that nature is actually going against

the bible. Now I am not saying that a person should not pray in schools, but they

should do it just as the Bible says in a personal place. If a student can’t find a

personal place, and have an undesirable need to pray, they need to not make a big deal

out of it. Praying as put in the Bible is a personal experience between that person and

God. Not an event to be proclaimed up and down the hallway.

III. Another problem there is with praying in schools is the fact that there are some

students who don’t believe in God. The purpose of a democracy is to have the majority

decide but yet always respect the rights of the minority. Some administrators, teachers,

parents, and most importantly, kids, just feel uncomfortable when it comes to religion.

Several factors could be attributed to this problem, from too many religions and religious

theories to religious pressure to lack thereof. But whatever the reason some people feel

offended by seeing these students pray. They think that their rights are being infringed

upon. Well in example, if a shirt some student is wearing offends a person they tell someone

about being offended. Someone else is also offended and so they tell someone. These 2 people

influenced by what they have heard tell more people. This chain reaction continues until that

kind of shirt is not allowed in schools, in example Marilynn Manson shirts. The minority

there is the students wanting to wear the shirts; the majority is the people offended by it.

The majority spoke and the minority is told to fallow. But now it is the minority being

offended no one cares to do anything about it.

IV. The last problem I have are the advocates of school prayer say that without it there is

moral decline, blaming the absence of school prayer for everything from low SAT scores to

teenage pregnancy. But it just won’t work. In fact, legislated school prayer would make things

worse. For a school to require students to recite, for example, a Christian prayer would give

Christianity a special status, implying that other religions are somehow inferior. One religion

would be pitted against another, conflicts would arise, and intolerance would grow.

The only palatable compromise in a directed public school prayer would be a watered-down

prayer that would be meaningless to the deeply religious and an infringement on those who

follow no religion. Some of our senators are trying to pass an amendment in have school

prayer required. But the First Amendment begins “Congress shall make no law respecting

an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” If we were to have

this school wide required prayer we would be in essance establishing a religion. And even

though what they are trying to pass is a constitutional amendment it goes against on of

the main things our forefathers came here for. The First Amendment is one of the finest laws

man has ever written. For over two hundred years, it continues to mean exactly what it was

originally intended to mean: Religion and other fundamental rights should remain beyond

the reach of majorities and governments, and certainly not subjected to the

Biblyography

“FAQ.” Prayer in Schools. http://www.atheists.org/schoolhouse/faqs.prayer.html.
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“Maryland teen walks out of Graduation over Prayer.” Prayer in schools.
http://www.freedomforum.org/religion/1999/5/28mdgradprayer.asp Downloaded December 16,
1999

“Smudge Report.” Bible verse. http://www.smudgereport.com/longstories/prayer.html
Downloaded December 16, 1999

“Bible Belivers should oppose school prayer.” School Prayer.
http://users.cnmnetwork.com/lotl2k/prayer.html Downloaded December 16, 1999

“The Bible and Public Prayer.” Public Prayer. http://www.religioustolerance.org/prayer.htm.

Downloaded December 16, 1999

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