Religion in public Life
Religion in school has been the topic of the century.The society as a whole thinks it is wrong, but there is some people who is of the thinking that it would be good addition to our school. Maybe it will lower down school violence. Our country experienced violence prior to prayer development in school. Religion may make it worse.
Sociologist has given a look at this issue. Sociologist believe that if we had prayer in school, it may force us to read a bible and say amen each time teacher finishes a sentence. Sociologist disapproves school prayer for a number of reasons. First of all it is unconstitutional and violation of our First Amendment.
We need to know that amendment contains the Establishment clauses which restricts the government from establishing religion. Simply, developing secular institutions like the public schools must not be a forum for religious ritual .And does majority of people support school prayer? Often, those result depend on exactly how question happens to be asked.
Surveys reveals that many people disregard the notion of mandatory prayer. But although the majority thought that prayer was a good option, that does not make the practice ethically just or constitutional.
Sociologist opposing school prayer, believes that prayer is not efficacious. School prayer teaches children that there are invisible, supernatural entities which can be implored and appeased through mumbling prayer or reading from holy books. Many people are of opinion that just because there is a bible, mean we have to take it seriously. If we wrote a book and keep it in time capsule and send it back 4000 years ago it will become a religion.
Before getting anxious for student initiated prayer, question yourself; which students are doing the initiating? Student populations often reveal the diversity of the culture. Some student may desire to pray in class or at official school ceremonies like graduation exercises,but are they fair to other student which may not wish to pray?
Also, there are court cases taking into account this very question. It is clear that in many areas where a school may have a high percentage of student with same religious background, not all students feel comfortable with this student led religious ritual. If you come across a huge group of people praying will you join them? The surveys claim that 1 out of 4 students say yes.
The reason mentioned was, they don’t want to lose their friends. Sociologists is of the opinion that teen peer pressure could be reason for this. Why do we require a moment of silence? School prayer boosters have precedent which, they believe, will eventually lead towards explicit and vocal school prayer.
Many years before, the Supreme court struck down this type of proposal, legislation of this type often call for the moment of silence to be used for meditation or prayer. Besides, consider the decreasing number of hours that student are in school each year. Every moment must be utilised for useful and educational instruction, not meditating.
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