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  • 1. By: Laura Garza
    CI 583
    10/13/2010
    Prayer in Schools
  • 2. “One nation under God”
  • 3. The Problem
    Many people honestly believe that prayer is not allowed in public schools. This is wrong. Unfortunately, this mistaken notion sometimes extends to teachers, principals and school boards.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRVJE_wZ18
  • 4. Students opportunity to pray:
    “Prayer is allowed and in fact is a protected form of free speech throughout the public school system.”
    Students may pray silently during a moment of silence
    “Students can pray in school busses, at the flag-pole, in student religious clubs, in the hallways, cafeteria, etc.”
  • 5. Conflict over school prayer
    Some believe that to start the school day with a prayer will create an aura of solemnity and order among the students.
    Others believe that prayer has magical powers.
    Others feel that if the students are forced to recite a Christian prayer each day, they will come to realize that they live in a Christian country where the government and its institutions support Christianity.
  • 6. Court Rulings, Laws and Events
    1948- McCollum vs. Board of Education
    1954- Tudor vs. Board of Education
    1960 Madalyn Murray O’Hair vs. Baltimore ISD
    1962- Engel vs. Vitale
    1963 - Abington Township School vs. Schempp; Murray vs. Curlett
    2001- Public School rentals
  • 7. Religious Rights
    The Law Prohibits
  • 8. The Constitution allows…
  • 9. ….
    Benediction and prayers at graduation ceremonies
    Teaching religion
    Student religious clubs
    Moment of silence
  • 10. and…
    Prayer outside of school building
    School religious speech
    Teacher display of religion
    http://www.examiner.com/news-in-san-diego/judge-allows-teacher-s-classroom-display-involving-religion
  • 11. Research Purpose
    The goal of this research it to understand what the place of prayer is in public schools.
  • 12. Significant Factors to Consider about School Prayer
    Prayer is not forbidden in public schools.
    There is a small minority of parents who follow other than Christian religion and find praying deeply offensive.
    Praying is a choice, not a requirement.
  • 13. References:
    Prayer in Schools. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/prayer-in-school.htm
    Robinson B.A. (2003). Religion in Public Schools. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org/ps_pra9.htm
    Robinson B.A. (2007). The Federal Equal Access Act. Retrieved from http://www.religioustoleran.org