Should you be able to pray in school?

United States
August 16, 2009 11:29am CST
I think you should be able to pray if you want. We are America and we are suppose to be the land of the free. If you were to say someone could not pray in school that to is discimantion. Discrimination is illegal. So if the put a law that you could not pray In school that would be discrimation. Dicrimanation is not very nice at all. I am the kind of person that doesn't put up with that kind of stuff. I think if someone wants to pray befor they eat lunch and so forth it is ok. As long as it is a sermon at school.
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21 responses
• United States
17 Aug 09
If you want to pray in school, go ahead. As long as you dont disrput someone else's learning environment you can go ahead and pray. The law says you can teach religion or prayer in school, it doesnt say youre not allowed to pray.
• United States
17 Aug 09
I mispelled a word. :) "The law says you CAN'T teach religion or prayer in school"
• United States
16 Aug 09
As an individual you can pray all you want in school as long as you are not disturbing or disrupting class time. A teacher cannot lead prayer but students can. Personaly as a student teacher starting next monday I will praying without ceasing that I do my job well so that I not only do not embarrass myself but also teach the students what they need to know. Is anyone going to know I am praying, probably not. I do not have to say my prayers outloud for God to hear my pleas. I decided a long time ago that as long as there are tests there WILL be prayer in school. That being said, this law was passed because someone felt pressured to pray in a way that was against their lack of faith. That is why legaly in Texas although many school have a moment of silence to provide students with a time during the day to pray as they will, it is illegal to enforce a studen's silence during this time.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
It is not illegal to pray in school, as long as you are not infringing on someone else's right to pray or not pray. For instance, bowing your head to pray before your meal does not include anyone else and it is not illegal. To stand and pray before the entire student body is an infringement on their rights. The problem is that there are so many religions, who can pray? I suppose it's fair if the Baptist can pray on Monday and then the Satanist can pray on Tuesday....the Muslims on Wednesday..
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Aug 09
The establishment clause in the constitution -the section of the first amendment that mentions religion, was written to protect religion from government, not to protect people or government from religion. In fact, everything in the constitution is a limit on government, NOT on the people. It wasn't designed to tell us what WE, THE PEOPLE can do, it was designed to tell GOVERNMENT what it CAN'T do. All the establishment clause states is "congress shall make no law exstablishing religion or prohibiting the free exercize therof" So in a more realistic sense, any law that prohibits prayer in schools is in itself unconstitutional.
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@tjwill09 (61)
• Tuvalu
16 Aug 09
You can pray in school nobody s can or going to stop you as long as you don't disrupt anything that is going on.
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
yeah that is true every one have freedom of expression but it should be done in a proper ways like you should be praying in a prayer room or in schools without making any noises or movements which will distract your classmates as long as you do it in a right and acceptable manner.
• United States
19 Aug 09
I think if you want to pray quietly then you should be allowed to do so as long as it doesnt infringe upon anyone's right to NOT pray then whats the problem I dont think there should be lead prayer at school or any school function
@smart44 (510)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Since we are in the Philippines and we are catholic we pray before and after school, Teachers in here teach students how to pray before and after school. before eating and after eating if its catholic, i dont know others what is there practice. But you can pray with your own it depends on the person if he or she are praying or not.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
17 Aug 09
praying is a person and private thing; Christ told us when we pray to go into a closet or private room and pray. However there were times public prayer was done but not often. I think if a person was in a cafeteria for instance and wanted to bow their head momentarily and give a quiet thanks that would be okay. I think if there is a football game the coach should be able to offer up a prayer to have his players do the best they can and keep them safe from harm and injury but not ask for a win as that is the kind of thing God is not honoring it is selfish. I think it should be fine to ask the blessing on graduating seniors and I think if students and or teachers want to have a prayer group they should be allowed to do this. It is their right to do it. I totally agree with you it is discrimination. On the side of caution however those praying should not make it a huge public production and demand someone who is agnostic or athiest to acknowledge, participate or be subjected to their belief. As that is forcing relgion on someone else. It is a fine line.
@Aylward (198)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
You should be able to pray everywhere you want. That is your moral right and no one can tell you not to do it. In my case, when I was still in grade school, we do pray before our class starts.
@agrim94 (3809)
• India
17 Aug 09
Hi tuckersheri, As a kid when i was in school, we always had prayer before the start of the school. All the students were made to stand in straight lines of their respective class and 6 to 8 students would sing prayers and rest would follow them and then principal would address to whole school what ever he wanted to say and sometime a local priest would come too and he would give a sort of sermon and then it ended with Our Indian National Anthem. Also teachers checked if all the students of their class have proper school uniform and their nails are cut and hair are short. Only after all this we were allowed to go to classes and if our shoes were not polished properly or dress not clean or ironed properly we would be sent back home to get that done. So i do believe that every school should have prayers before it starts and you are right everyone has right to pray when ever they want but not at cost of others.
@Graceekwenx (3162)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
yes. you should be able to pray in school with or without the constitution. It is freedom. We can actually pray anywhere. God is everywhere anyway... Not even the law of man can stop the presence of god.
@socizpub (14)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
of course you can! even if you're not in school or other places, you can pray by yourself, without noticed or heard by anyone.. feel free talking to god like he is your bestfriend... it really helps you a lot!
@fashman (47)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Prayer is the back borne of every success in this life.... Someone need to pray often for God mercy in every step that we are taking.... Prayer is good
@izardy (60)
• Malaysia
17 Aug 09
back when i was still in school, there is no problem for the authority to let student praying, but of course for certain time limits. this is to avoid student abuse school leniency on this. the school even provide a special room for student to pray, however there was a discipline teacher who monitor this room to check if student skip their classes with the excuse to "pray" :)
@Archie0 (5077)
17 Aug 09
Well when i was in school we got to pray every morning, and even at the time of lunch and before going home.We always prayed at school we never needed to ask for permission.And we were also allowed to go chapel whenever we needed or wanted we were even invited or asked to come for coming to mass.
• Indonesia
17 Aug 09
Yes, I'm and other students free to pray in school. My school is a catholic school, but there are many students who have different religion. Moslem, Hindu and Budha. During lunch time, many of them pray with their own belief and I think it's nice see so many different way to pray. Catholic with cross-movement and others. Every morning, there's a pray in Catholic way, but those who are not Catholic free and and they just keep silent.. Of course discrimination is not fair and no one like it!
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I think you should also be able to pray in school if you want to. I do not think they should be allowed to discriminate against it either. They have already taken so many good things out of school these days.
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
In my countries it is allow to pray in schools and the teacher leads the prayer or the students assign for the day schedules. Then, even if the teacher is a catholic, all her students of different religion could all pray together but the prayers are intended for the benefit of the whole class. Prayers is never been an offenses, it is even a good resources to plant peace instead of hatred.
• United States
16 Aug 09
you can pray in school. the teacher/authority figure just can't say "let's pray" with atheism on the rise less and less students want to pray
@arcidy (5013)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Sure I think you should be able to pray in school or not. I think it would be just so stupid if you cant pray because thats discrimination so I dont know why they wont let you pray which any religion should be able to pray if he or she wants to or feels like she or he needs to pray.