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School Prayer: 50 Years After the Ban, God and Faith More Present Than Ever

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School prayer was banned by the US Supreme Court 50 years ago, but there is probably more presence of religion in public school environments - through club ministries, classes, after-school and interfaith programs, and faith-based services - than ever.

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MmAWAY M. (481)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 4:41 am
Since I went to a private Lutheran School and we said prayer with the Pledge of Allegiance each morning I had NO IDEA THAT It was this long. That in itself to me is a Sad State!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:05 am
The Schempp ruling did not ban teaching about religion in public schools. Actually it stated that Instruction about religion as an academic subject is permitted. Teachers are free to objectively discuss how religion affected history, its impact on art, music and literature and so on. The goal must be to teach, not preach. I actual don't see how independent groups are banned, there is no "compulsion" by the State to participate.

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:05 am
noted, thanks Cal

Winn Adams (218)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:03 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:02 pm
I remember school morning prayers with a Bible passage read by my teacher. I honestly liked that part of the day and, even though I was very young when the practice was banned, I never forgot the experience. It was a good and comforting daily experience. My daughter was sent to a school where morning prayers were said.

There's nothing wrong with prayers in school, as long as they are non-sectarian and maintain a distinction between church and state. This is what I truly believe.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:27 pm
Dont think they have them over here now might upset the muslems or somebody

Noted thanks

lee e. (114)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:47 pm
I hope that god is expelled - it's been far to long to believe in fables!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:07 pm

Jason S. (50)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:58 pm
Good posting, thanks

Melody Long (1)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 8:26 pm
Shared and noted, thanks.

Dawn Barler (5)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 8:47 pm
They never banned prayer from school they banned school sponsored prayer. I wish people would actually look things up and understand the law. The laws simply says that NO RELIGIOUS activities will take place on school grounds unless it is started by students. It can not in any way be brought up by, forced by, or held by an adult, outside organization, or school. If they are not praying in your school then it is because the students either A) do not want to or B) ignorance of the law. I am not a Christian and I would be offended if a school district forced my child to pray to any god. I think we need to keep god in our homes and not force any belief on anyone especially a child.

Glenn Byrnes (195)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 1:07 am

Deborah W. (6)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 1:04 pm
God is alive and well in the hearts and minds of those who believe ... will never die (been there, done that).

Birgit W. (155)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 2:22 pm
I prefer to say a prayer each morning instead of singing each morning the National Anthem over and over again.

Lois Jordan (61)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:32 pm
By the time I got to school, there was no prayer, just the Pledge. Got transferred to a Catholic school by my parents for a month to "try it out," and I hated it, so back to public school. I firmly believe and support the separation of church and state. There should be absolutely no blurring of the line.

lee e. (114)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 5:35 pm
Oh - Lois - you're a "young'un" - I not only remember the "lord's prayer" recited every morning - I didn't think much of it, until I learned that there was one jewish person in there that had to suffer through this hypocrisy every day of her childhood life, and I also remember when Eisenhower introduced the words "under god" to the "pledge" - haven't said the "pledge" every since!

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 6:27 pm
Not appropriate for school and kinda scary in a way.

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 6:28 pm
I think also that many prayers are patriarchal could be a worry.

Michael M. (5)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 9:13 pm
Getting tired of religious nutballs who cry we eliminated prayers at schools... Yeah, go shove your false religious beliefs up where the sun don't shine.

You have no business shoving your false religions onto me on the public dime... But NO ONE ever took your right to be an ignorant fool with your religious beliefs :p

. (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:04 pm
To paraphrase Reagan: God exists in the schools whenever a child who has not studied for a test, prays he passes...
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