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Prayer In Public Schools

Should prayer be allowed in public schools?

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 ---Sara on 7/2/07
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It already is allowed. Students can pray as they wish, as long as they do not disrupt the teaching.
---Madison1101 on 3/1/08

Madison; I'm thankful that your daughter done that. It was a great way to witness. When in middle school, I almost got kick out because the science teacher was teaching on evolution. and I simply refuse to believe that man came from monkey. She got mad, we got into an arguement, she told me to prove it, I did. I told her to prove her theory, she couldn't. So she sent me the the principles office. Go figure.
---Rebecca_D on 7/9/07

Christian clubs and groups are legally allowed in schools.

Rebecca: My daughter witnessed in sixth grade by asking the teacher for an alternative assignment to making a zodiac poster. The teacher allowed her, along with two other students, to do an alternative assignment. Her classmates wanted to know more, so my daughter brought her Bible in and did a Bible study at lunch time with the kids that were interested. She kept up an active witness all throughout school and college.
---Madison1101 on 7/9/07

Prayer shouldnt be taught in public schools...thats for home and local churches. I dont want some muslim teacher teaching christian children how to 'pray'. However certainly extra-curricular christian activities should be allowed.
---Lee on 7/9/07

In many schools team members will pray before a football game or basketball game. Students set up Bible clubs and pray before and after they fellowship, and student will pray in study groups before they take their examinations. The band on prayer is not against student but against teachers and faculty promoting one religion over another.
---Marcia on 7/8/07

Most kids, if not all when at a certain age. They won't pray at school. Afraid of what others might think. their worried about their appearence, and their actions. When I went to school, I carried my bible. I got teased in the worst way. It hurt so I stopped taking my bible. The parents needs to teach their kids about Christ and good morals. If the parents don't do this, the kids are going to be like hell-raisers.
---Rebecca_D on 7/8/07

Anonymous: Pray without ceasing does not mean that the public schools should dictate prayer to their students. Christians can and should pray in schools, but we don't need the teachers telling our kids how to pray. Parents should have taught their kids how to pray long before the first day of Kindergarten. Why should the public schools be responsible for something that Christian parents are told to do in scripture?
---Madison1101 on 7/8/07

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. I am directed by the power of Holy Spirit, not by the insecurities and the failures of mere man. The blind lead the blind and they both fall into hell, or is it the ditch, or both.
---Anonymous on 7/8/07

Robyn: The OP did not say corporate prayer at all. Secondly, I am opposed to corporate prayer of any kind, including the Lord's Prayer, because in today's culture, it would mean allowing Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist prayers to be said aloud as well. Finally, the Supreme Court says that the Constitution does not allow corporate prayer in public schools.
---Madison1101 on 7/8/07

Marcia: The type of prayer we are talking about is corporate prayer the way it use to be done in the schools.The demons have destroyed that. Everyone bowed their heads and a moment was given to say the Lord's Prayer. I feel everyone benefited from the prayer(saved or not) being done this way. We know we can pray in our hearts, silently, but this is totally different from what is being said at this blog. My goodness.
---Robyn on 7/7/07

Prayer is actually allowed in public schools. Not the kind of Prayer that hypocrites promote but the type of prayer were a christian can be praying for their instructor or teacher in the middle of discussion. God is present with the Christian where ever he or she is. It doesn't matter who believes it. All that matters is that God is and always will be with us. "Pray on christians"!!
---Marcia on 7/6/07

If most people in USA are Christians like I've heard, then we would see changes. We would not let people tell us how, when and where to serve God. I'd guess over half of Americans are not christians. For there are alot of people that serve another god or none at all. But as long as they have one day set aside for prayer, that is fine with them.
---Rebecca_D on 7/5/07

yes i think we should have prayer in the schools lets not take that out of the schools , children can pray there own way no matter what religon they are.
---irene7395 on 7/5/07

Free to practice any religion. That's what our fore-father's died for. Please don't forget it.
---sue on 7/5/07

**Prayer in school,if nothing else, will remind the students that the USA is a Christian country - at least on paper.**

On what paper is it written that the USA is a Christian country? I know it's not so written in either the Declaration of Independence or Constitution.

As a matter of fact, there's one legal paper that DENIES we are a Christian country: the Treaty of Tripoli of 1797, ratified by the US Senate.
---Jack on 7/5/07

Part 2:

From this treaty:

"Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; ...."

There you see the US Senate DENYING that the US government is based on Christianity.

Now what?
---Jack on 7/5/07

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"Yes", it should be allowed. All kinds of excuses, (not valid reasons), are given why there shouldn't be prayer in school. Prayer in school,if nothing else, will remind the students that the USA is a Christian country - at least on paper. We are allowing non-Christian elements to chip away at our religious freedom a little at a time. It's time we Christians re-claim our religious rights and prayer in school is one of them.
---wivv on 7/4/07

It already is 'allowed'. As I taught my kids when they were in school, prayer is a personal thing. Nobody NOBODY has to know you are praying. You dont have to make a big deal of it. If you feel like praying, pray. It's all so simple!
---sue on 7/4/07

In China pray in the public isn't forbidden,but it's makes you weired in the other's eyes.
---Wi on 7/4/07

Catherine, beyond a rhetorical comment, what should be done, what would you do to enforce prayer, morality in the public areana?

I also ask, whose prayer? catholic, hindu, islamic, shintro, etc etc etc etc?
---MikeM on 7/4/07

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Yes I believe that Prayer should be allowed in public school. I agree that it should not be forced on anyone but to tell someone that they can't pray is taken away their freedom.
---leann4493 on 7/3/07

Let me tell you a thing or two. GOD owns the schools. We true, believers, put up with living in a godless world. We have to look at half naked people in public. We cannot even go shopping without looking at the wrong messages on books, magazines nakedness, staring at us when being checked out in line. And we, true believers, cannot turn on tv without some ugly person walking across the screen almost naked. We also put up with foul language. Not to mention all atheists spreading their lies.
---catherine on 7/3/07

It should be allowed, not forced. We have no instruction in Scripture to force the world to worship God. Those who want to pray are allowed to. No one is stopping them.
---john on 7/3/07

I think this is a matter of Preference; But In my Heart,I do feel children need structure and guidance for life.In this chaotic & mixed up World,a child feels safer in the arms of those he trusts.Why shouldn't there be a form of giving Honor & glory to God? He is the solid Rock of Love,Hope and Comfort!
---rosem4839 on 7/3/07

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Every believer can pray to themselves. They do not have to speak loud in order for God to hear them. But prayer starts at home first. If a person doesn't pray at home, why should they pray anywhere else?
---Rebecca_D on 7/2/07

This question is very vague. Just what do you mean?

Do you mean "Should students be allowed to voluntarily gather where they will not disturb others to pray before or during the school day, and there is no official school-mandated outline for such prayers"? No problem.

Do you mean, "Pop-evangelical Christian devotions that all students must attend will they, nill they"? The answer is no way.
---Jack on 7/2/07

Part 2:

Do you want your children to be required to attend the following:

1. Ibriham Salih having the class do prostrations towards Mecca and reading from the Koran?

2. Indira Patil buring incense to Vishnu and reciting verses from the Upanishads or Bhagavad Gita?

3. Stardancer (whose Wiccan parents renounced surnames as being patriarchal) having the students sing "We all come from the goddess?"
---Jack on 7/2/07

Part 3:

This is what prayer in public schools would mean. There's NO guarantee they would be Christian prayers.
---Jack on 7/2/07

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Hopefully Christian children are taught to pray, they can do it anytime and anywhere they wish, quietly without anyone even knowing but God!

Public prayer in school?
NO! How would that work out? One day a Christian gets to lead the prayer, the next a Muslim or even a Satanist. We are a diverse country, I wouldn't want my child joining in prayers to Buddha or Allah or any other god as they are offered up!
---NVBarbara on 7/2/07

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