Should we bring back school prayer?
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Should we bring back school prayer?

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The Kentucky Senate is considering a bill that would mandate a "day of prayer" in the state's public schools. Conservatives have been calling for a return of school prayer, arguing its removal is in part responsible for America's moral decline. But others find the notion of school prayer to be totally ridiculous. Religious freedom includes the freedom not to believe. Forcing Christian prayer in public schools is both unconstitutional and un-American. What do you think? 🙏

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#NoPrayerInSchool
68.4%
#SupportSchoolPrayer
31.6%

School prayer was ruled unconstitutional over 50 years ago, but it hasn't stopped conservatives from wanting to bring it back. School prayer has a unique and dark history. It was often used as a means to discriminate against Catholics and was ultimately ruled unconstitutional in Engel v. Vitale.

As far back as the early 19th century, Catholic students and other religious groups were sometimes whipped, beaten and worse, for not participating in prayer and Bible reading in the common schools, a predecessor to the public schools.
Freedom of religions also means freedom from religion. Forcing kids to participate in a school prayer is as un-American as it gets. If you want to pray, go to church, but leave the public schools out of it.

But many still insist the elimination fo school prayer is responsible for America's moral decline. New Jersey GOP candidate Steve Lonegan said:

“My own wife has been a Catholic school teacher now for 37 years, and they have to do drills for this kind of a purpose ― how to shut down the classrooms,” he said. “It’s just so disturbing that society has deteriorated to this point morally that we’re confronted with this. And if there’s ever a time to return prayer to the classroom, now’s the time. That’s something I would be a big advocate for. Fortunately in my wife’s school they have prayer in the classroom.”
Teaching children how to be moral is crucial to their education. School prayer should be brought back if we wish to help our children.
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