Religion back in Public Schools Why is it wrong that the whole school have an opening prayer in the morning? When and why did the government take our right to do such a thing in the Mornings?

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To protect the rights of individuals cetain rules are given to the group.

In countries where the government is officially secular, there are legal and moral reasons to keep public institutions from endorsing particular religions. This is a means of protecting the rights of individuals from government interference with a person's religious freedoms.

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When teachers or school administrators lead prayer, or any other religious ritual, it functions as a kind of identification with that religious tradition. Since teachers and administrators carry authority, their leadership of a religious ritual carries more weight than a group of students initiating the act on their own. To protect the comforts and religious liberties of those who don't wish to participate, public school authorities are banned from initiating such acts.
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I agree with #6, what schools have done is assured your right to choose. Some students choose to pray, and some to not pray. Furthermore, having a common prayer structure - whether it is the prayer itself, or merely the physical setting - which is required is a limitation of rights. For instance, some religions do not allow members of both sexes to pray together; requiring students to do so is unacceptable.

Schools can, and should, provide an opportunity for personal reflection, and each student should be allowed the freedom of his or her own thoughts at that time.

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The government didn't take away the right to pray, they took away the mandate to pray.  Once, all children were required to follow along in prayer each morning.  Eventually, this practice was ruled unconstitutional by the courts.  It isn't fair for a school to force students to pray.  Many schools still have a moment of silence in which students are free to pray or not pray.  Students are free to pray at any time, but the school cannot force students to do so.  Every school I worked at had it's own ways of handling pray.  At one school, the band and the football team circled up before each game and halftime show.  At another school, students gathered in the lobby each morning for prayer group.  At almost every school, there were events like "see you at the flagpole" where prayer was held and valued.  The big point to note is that all these prayers were student led.  You absolutely have the right to pray, but your school (if it is a public school) does not have the right to force your participation.

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Not all children pray, and some children pray at certain times in certain ways that will not conform to this schedule. The problem with whole-school prayer like this is that it is usually going to fall in line more with one religion than another, and probably a Christian one.
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I think it is best that public schools forsake forcing religious aspects upon its students. As the previous post mentioned, students who want to pray can do so at any time during the day. A mandatory school prayer forces something upon students that is non-educational and it assumes that all children will benefit from such an action. Such is not the case.

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The government didn't take away your right to pray in the morning.  You are absolutely free to pray in your own mind.  If the school has an official prayer, isn't it forcing you to hear its beliefs?  What if you don't like the prayer?  This is really a way of protecting your rights and those of your classmates.  This way, you can pray your own prayers and not have to hear what the government thinks the prayer should be.

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