The Battle Over School Prayer and Why It Matters

“Despite the dominance of economic issues in the upcoming Presidential election, Republican candidates have not foresworn using religious issues to attract the support of “Values Voters.” In an effort to reinvigorate his faltering campaign, Texas Governor Rick Perry ran a commercial in Iowa touting his own evangelical faith in which he highlighted two favorites among religious conservatives: gay rights and school prayer. Later in an interview with FOX television’s Chris Wallace, Perry defended introducing religion into the campaign, and he promised if elected President to support a constitutional amendment to return prayer and Bible reading to the nation’s schools.”

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One thought on “The Battle Over School Prayer and Why It Matters

  1. Hmmm… I’d like to ask Perry WHERE in the Constitution it states that prayer and bible reading are supposed to be in schools. Since freedom of religion is each person’s choice, let the families of the children in the schools make the decision to allow prayer and/or bible reading.

    I went to various religious-based schools all my life. School church in the mornings was standard. But that’s what they paid for. And if families struggle to afford private schools where religion, religious studies, and/or prayer and bible reading are part of the curriculum, then they may simply request their religion of choice be respected so they may include prayer within the school day.

    Imposing one person, or family’s, religious choice on another child is NOT appropriate. If the majority of the children and parents are in agreement with prayer and bible reading in class, those who are not in agreement should not be left out or made to feel inferior for THEIR choices.

    If Perry’s obvious misreading of the Constitution implies freedom of religion and also prayer and bible reading in school, does that mean all schools in the public school system will be giving deserved time to the religion of every child and family enrolled?

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