Prayer in school

United States
February 16, 2007 11:10pm CST
Do you think there should be prayer in school?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
17 Feb 07
Not guided prayer, no. I kind of like the moment of silence, because then you can pray to whatever deity or deities you choose, or not pray at all if you choose. However, having guided prayer of a specific religion in school is wrong because school is not a place kids go to learn religion. It's the parent's job to teach a child about religious beliefs, not a teacher's. Moreoever, who are you going to pray to if you pray in school? When I was a child, I had teachers that would try to push religion on us at school. I didn't know then that it was illegal (because the school system isn't going to teach you that they're doing something wrong), so there was nothing I could do about it as far as I knew. I even got in trouble for refusing to participate when they tried to force me to pray to a "God" that wasn't my own.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I most certainly do ! A person once asked me after the Columbine school Killings "why God didnt stop it from happening ?" the only answer I could give him was "how could he stop it he isnt allowed in our schools"!
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Okay I'm sorry but thats just wrong...your god, any god not being in the schools had nothing to do with it..maybe if ppl took the time to actually care about these so called "misfit" kids these things wouldnt happen..maybe if the school actually gave a crap and contacted the proper ppl this wouldnt have happened....it has nothing to do with any god..it has EVERYTHIGN to do with ppl not really caring about the "misfits" and just assuming they are bad kids with no future...generally kids arent born bad..they are created because ppl dont want to take the time..
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@Fargale (760)
• Brazil
18 Feb 07
Which god are you referring to? I'll assume it's the general judeo-christian God (Yahweh to the intimate), since he's the most commonly revered where you live. Well, he's usually portrayed to be supposedly all-loving and omnipotent. If he could have gotten into those schools, but chose not to, then he wasn't really all-loving. If he wished to get into those schools, but could not, then he wasn't really omnipotent.
• Thailand
17 Feb 07
Absolutely not. I went to a pre-school where we had to say a short prayer before lunch. It seemed harmless, just a thank you Jesus for this food. My problem arose when my best friend, a young Jewish girl, would not say the prayer no matter how much she was coerced. I also refused to support her. This lead to playground beating and we were completely ostracised by the other students. The teachers encouraged this. No matter how much you try to be non-dominationel the dominate religion will creep in. Prayer has no place in school.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
17 Feb 07
omg I'm so sorry you and your friend had to deal with that as a kid..thats awful! and you are right prayer has no place in school...HOWEVER if kids want to pray during lunch break etc on their own then thats fine IMO but forcing the entire school to do it isnt right at all and will cause more problems than anything simply because you cant accomidate ALL the students and faculty for that matter
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@kiwimac (324)
• New Zealand
17 Feb 07
yes, I think ALL religions should be allowed to pray in schools. I also think children should be taught prayers of all the world religions.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I too like the idea of introducing all religions to all kids. I don't think there is time to learn all the prayers, but a general understanding of all religions is educational and will be to their benefit I think.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Not mandatory or forced, but if students want to pray I think that's fine.
@Fargale (760)
• Brazil
18 Feb 07
No, prayer absolutely should NOT be a part of school. I wouldn't mind giving kids a "free time" or "reflection time" to do whatever they choose - pray, meditate, let their imagination roam free, it doesn't matter. But prayer should NOT be incorporated in schools, as well as religious indocrinations of any kind. Why can't religions be content with indocrinating their children OUTSIDE schools? Let the schools be a place for learning about the real world, nothing else.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I know this much - As long as there are tests; there WILL be prayer in school!!! In my school we had a moment of silence. A minute or so we could think, pray, whatever. I wouldn't oppose to that.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I think people should be ALLOWED to pray and discuss their religious/spiritual beliefs in school. But, I don't think they should be forced to pray if they don't want to.
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
17 Feb 07
No, school should be open to all religion should it not? The time where non-christians were tortured into convertion arev way pased, and I'm glad for that.