reply to post by Stormdancer777
Christians have freedom of religion, but they don't have the right to worship anywhere and everywhere they please.
Plus, you may bring up the point that others don't have any problems with other religions, personally I have two things to say about that.
1, I believe all religion should be kept out of public schools. If one religion should be allowed, then ALL RELIGIONS should be allowed, even
religions like Scientology and Satanism and FSM.
2 Christians believe that only their religion should be taught in schools, and absolutely no other religion.
3. They don't care if a parent will protest, they will do what they can to convert the child and children to their religion.
The only reason why Christians want to bring prayer into school because they will have access to a captive audience.
But the truth of the matter is, private personal prayers and Bible reading are allowed in school, as well as after school Christian clubs. School
officials may not lead or sponsor prayer meetings. This is a fact that Christians conveniently ignore and leave out when they claim that their rights
to pray are being stepped on.
It is the fact that school officials can''t lead prayer ebcause it is a violation of separation of church and state is what Christians are referring
to when they lament that they aren't allowed to pray in school. They mean they want to break separation of church and state and have school officials
lead prayer, and only Christian prayer.
And here's a few tidbits you might not know about:
Illinois vs. McCollum (1948).--The court ruled that allowing religious teachers to come into public schools to give religious instruction violated the
First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which prohibits government establishment of religion. The court said the policy tears down the wall"
separating church and state -- a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Westbury Baptists after the Constitution had been written and
ratified. Click for a full text version.
Zorach vs. Clauson (1952).--The court upheld a school policy that allowed students to leave public schools to receive religious training off campus.
Click for a full text version.
Engel vs. Vitale (1962).--A strongly civil-libertarian court, headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, ruled that reciting nondenominational prayers
written by government officials violated the Establishment Clause. Click for a full text version.
The Board of Education of Union Free School District No. 9, New Hyde Park, New York, required students to recite a 22-word, nondenominational prayer
every morning. Several parents sued claiming that this prayer requirement violated their children's freedom of religion. The United States Supreme
Court ruled that the daily prayer ritual violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, even though students were given the opportunity not to
participate. The Establishment Clause provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
So really, Christians are not losing their rights to pray in schools.