There were many attempts by Christians to insert such beliefs and dogma directly into the US Constitution and to have the Constitution support a Christian mandate of belief. The most famous incident was a request from the Bishops of Danbury CT., which was rebuffed by T. Jefferson. Should the US Constitution be amended to make Christianity a State sponsored religion, as is Islam? Should America become a theocracy or is freedom best left to a secular State?
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Christin--I think we have disagreed before, but not this time. Perhaps there should be a question, as too, where in the Constitution can a religious principle be found, that this country was founded on such principles?
Is not prayer in schools a freedom that should be afforded to those who want to pray? There can be a silent prayer and they can pray to "any" God that they choose. No prayer takes away that freedom.
JT--Does Jesus not command that prayer is best done in a closet? I think so. That some children are allowed to pray in publiic; are they not violating that law? What of the others during this time or is that irrelevant?
cj.... You are taking that verse way out of context. Christ was talking about the Pharisees drawing attention to themselves by praying and being boastful while doing so. One does not have to utter a word to pray. Silent prayer is not hurting anyone.
If it's silent none of us will ever know it's happening. If it's scheduled it is no longer silent.
What is wrong with having a scheduled silent prayer every morning. Im sure all who are religious would love to pray to their God. Whatever religion or God they serve. "Freedom" of prayer would be fine. Also the pledge of allegiance should be recited.
If they are true Christian children why would it need to be scheduled? Do they need a schedule to pray on? It seems pointless If parents teach a child to pray and the child embraces that belief they won't need a scheduled time.
peeples..... It is very simple.. just call it a moment of silence and let those who want to pray.. pray. Why are you so against a moment of silence? What is said to God is between that person and God. I would want my children starting the day this wa
I'm not against them praying silently I am against it being scheduled. Could you imagine if they had scheduled religious activities for Muslims and every other religion? Would you be okay if an announcement came on every morning for a Muslim prayer?
Sure.. if they prayed silently. This is the point I am trying to make. Muslim, Christian, Buddhism, etc. Just say a little prayer or remain in your seat for one minute. Just one minute??
Take your one minute at home before you leave for the day like everyone else. There doesn't need to be time allotted for that during a school day.
Why not Christin. There sure used to be. Also for bible study, prayer, the Pledge of allegiance, etc. There is plenty of time. And we wonder why kids are so disrespectful these days? The writing is on the wall. What is so sad is most kids want this.
If kids are disrespectful it's bad parenting not lack of prayer. My kids haven't prayed a day in their life, yet are always commended for being kind to others and team players.
JT--As you point the irrelevancy of the word of a god, what other words of his, in the bible, are irrelevant? or is it a matter of modern convenience?
Yes.. I agree it is from bad parenting. But, what one calls bad parenting... another would consider normal. So.. who is right and who is wrong? It is just like everything else I suppose...... Debatable
Does your bigotry and intolerance extend to the Gay Community. Should they keep their life styles secret like in the past so as not to bother you? Is this your right also?
Setank, this question has nothing to do with gay rights (which I support) It is also a two year old question. Why not ask a new question about that topic if it interests you.