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PRAYER AT SCHOOL

 

The end of the traditional school year is coming and with it are the numerous graduation ceremonies.  Many of us remember the old invocations at these ceremonies given by a local pastor or minister.  Times have changed and the United States Supreme Court has cracked down on clergy giving prayers at graduation.  But it is a misnomer to think that prayer has been banned from public schools.

 

 Many people are under the impression that students are prohibited from praying at public schools.  This is far from the truth.  At any point during the school day a student can pray quietly.  If the prayers are more active or verbal, they can do it at recess and at lunch.  What is prohibited is the school bringing clergy onto campus to lead prayers. 

 

The Court has also held that employees or agents of the school district cannot lead students in prayer.  This is prohibited by the First Amendment to the Constitution that requires the separation of church and state.  But if students can pray anytime on their own what is all the uproar about letting teachers lead prayers?

 

First and foremost is that school personnel are not trained to lead prayers and are already overworked and underpaid without adding this new religious task to their list.  And then there is always the question of which prayer is acceptable to everyone? 

 

Many people think there is no harm in having a teacher lead a class in a Christian prayer because we are a Christian country.  But actually we are not a Christian country.  Our nation’s founding fathers had that choice to make and decided against it, referring to God but to no specific faith.  European history is riddled with problems that arose when church and state were not separated.  Take the Inquisition for example.

 

Our teachers are trained in education not religion.  No one is prohibited from attending the church or religious institution of their choice.  Also, no one is precluded from having their children say a prayer before they go to school or after they come home.  And as I stated before a child can pray all they want at school on their own. 

 

So religion has not been banned at our public schools, it is just not conducted by school officials.  And the school is not deciding what is the correct prayer for all our children to recite.  Whether you are Catholic, Baptist, Jew or Muslim your child’s school won’t be infringing on your religious practices. 

 

As the saying goes:  “As long as there are tests there will always be prayer at schools.”  These will be student prayers, not someone else’s.

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