religion allowed in public schools or not

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i did this essay for government for our four corners. it took me two weeks to finish it. i literally finished it on 11/17/11 at 11:00pm

Submitted: November 18, 2011

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Religion shouldn’t be aloud in schools.

First of all, what is religion?

Religion is: the belief and worship in or the obedience of a supernatural set of powers, or being that controls one’s destiny.

There are approximately 313 religions in the USA.

In the year of 2001 these are the statistics for adults:

“Non – Religious”27,539,000

“Agnostic”991,000

“Atheist”902,000

 

 June 2002 there was a case Newdow v. US congress. Newdow has a daughter that goes to Elk Grove Unified School District in California. State law and school district law, teachers have to start each day with the pledge, to show “appropriate patriotic exercises.” The case was about the “under god” part in the pledge of allegiance. He said that these words added to the pledge are not following the rules of the clause in the first amendment in the US constitution. The original version in 1942 didn’t have these words added to it. Newdow claims to be atheist, so he feels like this is against his beliefs. On June 22, 1942, Congress first codified the Pledge as "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." This is changed on June 14, 1954 the pledge changed to “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Now, the law says that the teachers can lead the students that are willing to say the Pledge. Teachers and other school officials are to remain neutral of all the religions. Teachers are not allowed to lead or hold a prayer or religious group. They may stand there as monitors. But they may wear their religious items, without discrimination of the other religions. The students may ask you of your personal beliefs, but make sure they understand that your beliefs and work are separate.

The first amendment protects everyone’s rights to their choice of religion.  The first establishment clause prohibited the act of creating an official religion for this country, as well as choosing one religion over another. In the government, it has been declared that some interference with religion was necessary and constitutional. 

One of those times where it was necessary that government stepped in was when they created the blue laws. A Blue Law is a law banning for any sell or activities on goods on a Sunday. The first Blue Law was created and founded in 1617 in Virginia.  There were other early blue laws like:  work, travel, recreation and other activities like: cooking, shaving, wearing lace or other precious metal, making beds, sweeping, kissing and other sexual intercourse. Puritans believed that their child should be born on the same day it was conceived on. Therefore, they were punished for what they did nine months ago, if their child was born on a Sunday. But most of these Blue Laws have disappeared over the period of time.

Religion is a very touchy subject for many. So some people may get very defensive about it. Perhaps you went to your friend and asked them why they believe in what they do, they may get defensive. The reason behind that is, because they have a personal emotional relationship with their God or their religion. Like this situation, if I said your sister was a spoiled brat, then you would get defensive about it. That’s because of the personal emotional relationship you have with her.  Some people mature over a period of time and can accept other’s beliefs in God or religion. Others cannot accept others’ religions, because they are too fixated on theirs.

There is always the issue if evolution is taught; shouldn’t religion as well be taught? I mean evolution is a type of belief. It is believed if religion is taught in schools, it will influence students’ lives. Peter Marshall, president of the Massachusetts – based Peter Marshall ministries, says that there is rarely enough recognition of religion. In a quote he said that kids of America don’t really know the historical background of how our country got founded.  Another official on the board is David Barton. He says he would like to see the emphasis on history, from that there will be an understanding of religion. David as well says that to understand the American government that we have to understand that it was rooted from religion. Barton told us that the United States Constitution was written with God in mind. Both Marshall’s and Barton’s communication advisor says that with religion in schools is a direct violation of separation of “state and church.” Barton says that it’s just a part of history that should be presented. Marshall says that he says to properly inform the students in history that religion should be mentioned, too.

There was a survey done Sacred Heart University Polling Institute on religion in textbooks or not. The statistics are:

  1. Large majority of the people that said yes -  79.7%
  2. Strongly -51.3%
  3. Some what agreed -  28.4%

According to June – Ann Greely, religion is as defining a country and its people as art or the language we speak. Another survey done at the University was allowing the religious groups to review, but not edit, the historical things in the textbooks at public schools. Over one – half 57.8% agree, 27.5% don’t agree and 14.7% are unsure. Majority of Americans feel that not only does religious history matter, but so does getting the information about the religion matter as well.

Religion and culture are almost completely absent from our schools in America. Americans need to experience intelligent debates or discussions about religion, or religion pluralism. Since 1965, when immigration was more popular than ever, there are more diverse religions in the United States. The reason why religion is clearly absent is that the schools across the nation have misinterpreted and over – apply the saying, “separation of church and state.” This doesn’t appear in the Declaration of Independence or constitution. But when they see the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, they panic. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states that the government can’t pick one religion over another or say you have to have one; this is even enforced in public schools. But it does not say you can’t study religion, so they could teach it, instead of preach it.

 

 


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