Prayer in schools do you think schools should have  prayer  

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Yes, should they so choose.  Students can also choose to participate or not. Mandating participation is, of course, another story.  I had a prescient 6th grade teacher, who, after we recited the Pledge of Allegiance (!) would conclude the morning ritual with "a moment of silent meditation."

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I would echo the ideas that prayer should never be outlawed nor should it be mandated in schools. Prayer is a private issue and should be protected as such.

If the question is seeking to inquire about school-initiated prayer or teacher-led prayer, then we've got a different issue, but not necessarily a more problematic one. Again, prayer and religion are private issues which should not be mandated.

However, if we are really talking about whether or not teachers have a right to pray openly in school (in front of students during class time) or if prayer should be allowed to be shared via school-wide intercom, we run up against more nuanced issues:

  1. Where do the teacher's rights to individual expression and prayer end?
  2. At what point does the expression of individual belief on the part of school officials become an invasion of student rights?
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Prayer should not be required in school, but I do believe that students should be allowed to join in prayer if they wish. By taking away that right, the government is taking away religious freedoms.

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No, we should not have prayer in schools; our country was founded on the principle of separation of church and state, and a public school is a "state" function, since it is paid for by taxes. However another basic idea behind the founding of the US is religious tolerance, so it is important for our schools to teach respect, including allowing those who are religious to pray unmolested when they wish to do so.

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Schools already have prayer.  It's called individual students praying on their own or in groups without disrupting class.  That is the only kind of prayer we should have in schools.  The government has no right to require students to hear official prayers that are mandated by the school.

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I do not think schools should require prayer, but I think they should be respectful of it.  Some students need to pray at certain times, for religious or emotional reasons.  It is not a violation of other students’ rights to allow some students to pray, or allow for moments of silence in troubling times.

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