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Should Religion Be A Part of Public School Education Perhaps no aspect of the church-state controversy arouses more emotion and discussion then the subject of prayer in the public schools Public schools are supported with taxpayer money What believer would want his taxes to support an institution that prohibits his children from praying What nonbeliever would want his taxes to support an institution that requires his children to participate in prayer The First Amendment protects both sides the government through its employees the educators and administrators who run our schools may not lead children in prayer or force them to pray a certain way However all children have the right to pray voluntarily before during or after school and non-religious children do not have to pray at allRand 2 Some believers think they know better than the Founding Fathers and want to tamper with the Bill of Rights They want to amend the US Constitution so that the Government would legally sponsor and take over the activity of prayer The question here isnt if the government should allow students to pray in schools rather if the government should be allowed to lead students in prayer in public schools The Constitution neither mandates nor prohibits prayer in schools What the Constitution says about school prayer is absolutely nothing For almost two centuries nobody thought that school prayer was a constitutional question It was up to local Asbil 2 communities and their school boards The Constitution does not say that prayer in the public schools is unconstitutional therefore it is not unconstitutionalPaul 4 No one is suggesting that one religion be given preference over another No one is suggesting that a school endorse any kind of religious belief But religious speakers even at school must have equal access to the marketplace of ideas in America The many attempts at an amendment to the Constitution over the issue of school prayer indicates a major and widespread national
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