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Against The Prohibition Of Posting The Ten Commandments In Public Schools

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The essay is about Bill 51, relating to the prohibition of posting the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms. To me, eliminating a simple posting relating to religion is the attempt to eliminate all forms of religion being in schools. I believe a very serious downward slide in behavior among students is caused by the removal of religion and eliminating the fear of God. With religion being in school, students were held to Higher Authority, thus students having a balance of moral conduct. If religion would have remained in schools, this current generation might have been better behaviorally. Morals must be taught, and they cannot be properly taught without religion.
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The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights..." We also still make a sworn testimony on the Bible in the court system, “Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” The First Amendment does not separate God and government, but actually encourages religion. Because we were based on religious principles, our founding fathers would want us to carry out their establishment of a religious view towards all things.
To have background in what removing religion can do, I accumulated nationwide information. Students have shown worse behavior and there has been a decrease in moral conduct since the removal of prayer. Since prayer was removed from public school classrooms in 1962, we have had a six-fold increase in violent crime, our divorce rate has tripled, births to single mothers have increased five-fold, the teenage suicide rate has tripled, and SAT scores (standardized college entrance test) have dropped 80 points (approximately 10%). Below in figure one shows that since 1960, illegitimate birth rates have increased by 400%. Figure two shows the rate at which people are getting married is more than 2.5% lower than in 1960. If we are to continue to remove more and more religion in schools, I believe these statistics would increase entirely.
I believe there may be a positive side to this law though. On the other end of the argument, it is believed that religion should not be in school due to our Freedom of Religion. This law could be beneficial in the way that with us having a Christian based religion established in Texas schools, students who are from minority religious backgrounds could be very vulnerable to prayer being in school. These students can feel discriminated against because of their different beliefs, as Texas is viewed as a mostly Christian oriented state. With this law, boundaries are placed on all religion, reducing the sensitivity of these minorities.
My opinion of this law being put into place is that it’s not right for religion to be ruled out of schools; because to forbid the majority the right to pray because the minority objects, is to impose the irreligion of the minority on the religious majority. Removal of religion implies secular humanism and establishes the religion of...

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