God must be allowed to fully reenter the public school system
Since 1962, when prayer was taken out of the public school system, America has experienced decline in youth, family, education, and national life. Before the government removed God from the public schools, America had one of the best school systems in the world. Children today are being put into uncomfortable and dangerous situations. God must be allowed to fully reenter the public school system because of the foundation of America, the rights and freedom of America, and the effects of removing prayer.
America was founded on Christianity. The founding fathers realized that a moral education would assure a free and Civil Society. This included school prayer, Bible readings and learning right from wrong in the Ten Commandments and the Bible. The Bible was used as a text book for the purpose of teaching children moral principles to live by. This was the foundation on which America was built on. America’s founding fathers felt that good moral citizenship was essential for the success of the new nation. (Free)
Christians should have the right to have God and pray openly in school. Prayer is an everyday aspect of the Christian life. When prayer is an authentic expression of one’s faith, it should be allowed. In fact, exclusion of religious perspectives is anything but neutral or fair. Students need to learn that religious and philosophical beliefs and practices are central to the lives of many people. Omission of discussion about the religious and philosophical roots of developments in history, economics, literature, and other subjects gives student false impression that only nonreligious ways of seeing the world are valid(Haynes 1990,1991). A recent national poll showed that sixty nine percent of Americans believe that the First Amendment says “Separation of Church and State.” (Free) The First Amendment says “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 a redress of grievances”. As you can see the First Amendment does not contain the words “Separation of Church and State”. The First Amendment gives citizens the freedom to Worship God without Government interference. The First Amendment protects student God-talk in public schools. This freedom is offered to people in many Government and public settings, so it should be allowed to young people while they are at school.
On May 6, 1982, President Ronald Reagan said: “Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘One nation under God,’ and our currency bears the motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by...