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Many children in todays society grow up with little or no more values at all these children are the sons and daughters of the so called Generation X This maybe the root of Americas problems with our youth In the mid sixties religion was taken out of our school systems and in 1962 the Supreme Court decided that public schools did not have the power to authorize school prayer Marks 26 This decision made our public schools in the US more atheistic than schools in many European nations For example crosses still hang on the classroom walls in Poland and the Ten Commandments are displayed in Hungary schools School 458 The government holds prayers at the beginning of legislative and judicial sessions and every President has mentioned a divine power in his inaugural speech In keeping with a spirit of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment there is no reason why students should not be allowed to have a moment of silence during the school day when they can pray or do as they choose A moment of silence wouldnt be enough time allowed for certain religions though In many religions worshipers pray three and four times during the day for long a duration of time These followers may have to worship with religious rugs or candles and that may cause controversy in a classroom between other religious backgrounds Yet freedom of religion is still what America stands for To take away our Constitutional right would be depleting the very essence of what makes America by not allowing a moment of silence in schools America would not be known as a democracy but a hypocrisy The case Engel vs Vitale in 1962 decided that school prayer was unconstitutional With this case it was pointed out that the students were to voluntarily recite the following prayer Almighty God we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and we beg Thy blessing upon us our
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