Opposing Prayer in Public School
The government announced in April 2003 that there will no longer be presidential elections and President Bush shall remain president until his death! Yet, as profound as that may seem, the inevitable can come true. Our government is desperately trying to put limits on our freedom of choice. Those freedoms' given to us in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Independence, otherwise known as The Emancipation Proclamation. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. "The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free.""(NARA).
It is also stated in The Declaration of Independence presented to Congress January 18, 1777, that people have the right to freedom and choice. The Declaration of Independence states:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--
That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the governed,
that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends,
It is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it,
and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles,
and organizing its powers in such Form,
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"( NARA).
Choice is very important part of our country. If we allow the Government to start interfering with our freedom of choice, where will we end up? Currently, religion is a choice our government is trying to conquer. The government is trying to pass a bill, bill # H.CON.RES.239, that will allow student led prayer in our public schools. Take into consideration that we are a country of many faiths; can we let this become a law? In my opinion, No! Bill # H.CON.RES.239 should never become a law; a law that would eventually affect our freedom of choice. To begin with, allowing student led prayer into our public schools is a direct violation of the United States Constitution Amendment I. Amendment I reads:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
Of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or
The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
Petition the Government for redress of grievance" (The Associated Press).
My interpretation of this Amendment is that our government can not favor religion. Indirectly, the government would be favoring religion by supporting a bill allowing a religious activity, prayer, in our public schools. If our government can not make laws regarding religion, how can a bill proposing student led prayer even become a political issue? Upholding the Constitution of the United States is greater than the law itself. The government...