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Prayer In Public Schools


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Prayer In Public Schools

  1. 1. Prayer in Public Schools<br />By: Rachel Tracey<br /><br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Prayer in Public School’s is an ongoing debate on your Constitutional Freedoms<br />PRAYER IN PUBLIC SCHOOL AND THE CONSTITUTION<br />Does it violate the first amendment?<br />
  3. 3. A Close Look at the First Amendment<br />What is the First Amendment?<br /><ul><li>Prevents the government from trying to establish religion
  4. 4. Establishes limits on the conduct of public schools</li></li></ul><li>Background Info<br />The history of prayer in public school all depends on how people legally interpret it<br />For years congress has debated on whether or not prayer in public schools is legal <br />Religion in school is governed by the First Amendment <br />
  5. 5. Background Info<br />Religion in schools has been debated over the past 40 years.<br />One of the first cases was<br />Engle vs Vitale 1962<br /><br />
  6. 6. Background Info<br />PUBLIC SCHOOLS <br />SHOULD BE<br />NEUTRAL<br />NEUTRAL: That public school officials cannot show any favoritism nor hostility against things which express religion.<br />EX. Prayers<br />
  7. 7. Impact K-12 Education<br />PUBLIC SCHOOLS<br />VS<br />PRIVATE SCHOOLS<br />Public Schools & Private Schools are treated differently in terms of prayer inside of the school.<br /><br />
  8. 8. Impact K-12 Education <br />It affects the students in public schools.<br />Is student initiated prayer<br />Legal?<br /><br />
  9. 9. Impact K-12 Education<br />Sports & Prayer<br />Clipart File<br />
  10. 10. Future Direction<br />There are always cases which are being brought forth the Supreme Court about prayer in public schools<br />Many of these cases are refused to be heard by the Supreme Court<br />An example of this is where Borden lead prayer for his football team and was told to stop<br />He then sued and tried to appeal it to the Supreme Court, they refused to hear leaving it as a closed case<br />
  11. 11. Future Direction<br />One of the latest cases the Supreme Court heard in regards to prayer in school was Good News Club v Milford Cent Sch (2001)<br />The court ruled that public officials have to be neutral in regards to religion in school<br />The court concluded "there is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses protect." <br />
  12. 12. Conclusion<br />This will always<br />Be a huge<br />debate<br />-Affects teachers,<br />School officials,<br />Parents, and students<br />
  13. 13. Works Cited<br />Bennett, Tom, and George Foldesy. “Our Father in Heaven”: A legal Analysis of the Recitation of the Lord’s prayer by Public Schools coaches.” The Clearing House March & April 2008: 185-89. Wilson Select Plus. Web. 24 Mar. 2010<br />Boston, Rob. “Faith and freedom: What’s Conservative about School Prayer?” The Humanist May & June 2009: 33-34. Wilson Select Plus. Web. 24 Mar. 2010<br />Sekulow, Jay. “Prayer in Public School- The Legal Precedents.” Popular Issues. Populars Issues/ ACLJ, 07 Feb. 2003. Web. 24 Mar. 2010<br />Source:<br /><br />Author: <br />Tim Pearce, Los Gatos<br />File Name:<br />American flag old glory on flagpole flying<br />Source:<br /><br />Author:<br />dbking<br />File Name:<br />US Supreme Court<br />Source:<br /><br />Author:<br />James Sarmiento<br />File Name:<br />Classroom Chairs<br />Source:<br /><br />Author:<br />Hello Chris <br />File Name:<br />School Bus Parking Lot, Coney Island<br />