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Seperation of church & state

Uploaded by sgulley13 on Nov 01, 2011

Church & State
Within recent past years, the issue of Church and State has been a continuous concern of many Americans and the focus of numerous debates. The dispute is in the interpretation of the United States Bill of Rights First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance” (NARA). It is contested that the First Amendment states one of two things, that the nation should have no established religion, it should be of personal preference and choice to the individual, or that there should be a strict division between church and state, in the sense that prayer in public schools is intolerable. This will be our main focus for the purpose of this paper.
The subject matter is one is which I have personally seen progress. When I attended Elementary school, no wrong doing was seen in organized prayer or worship and the Pledge of Allegiance was said using “under God”. However, before the time that I reached upper Elementary education, the statement was silently skipped over. Though my young mind questioned that it was just mistakenly skipped, the issue as to why it had been removed was never questioned by me or any of my classmates, it was simply accepted. Small changes kept appearing in the way religion was handle during school hours. It got so serious that prayer meetings were moved to before and after school and God’s name was scarcely mentioned. The Ten Commandments were no longer posted without accommodating Commandments of other religions. Though I am now in college, the issue of church and state is still strongly contested within public schools and universities.
Though the concerns of church and state are broad and deeply integrate, the controversy of prayer in school tends to arouse the most emotion. The argument stems most directly from the fact that public schools are funded and supported by taxpayers. Therefore, believers do not want their money supporting a facility that does not allow his/ her children to pray and non-believers do not want their money supporting an institution that requires their children to participate in prayer. ...

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Uploaded by:   sgulley13

Date:   11/01/2011

Category:   Law

Length:   4 pages (958 words)

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