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    How do you feel about school prayer?

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    Arik
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    How do you feel about school prayer?

    Post  Arik on Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:39 pm

    I am reading a book called "G-d on Trial" about the whole separation of Church/state.
    Was wondering how people here felt about it. Personally, I think religion should be taught at home and not in school, at the same time i think we should be careful not to totally remove any religion from public life since it could be a slippery slope.
    Thoughts?

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    Re: How do you feel about school prayer?

    Post  Yehudah on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:23 pm

    I have two lines of thought that contradict each other:

    1) This country was founded on the belief in G-d. We've always prayed in school, and the vast majority of children in school believe in G-d. The ones that don't, don't have to participate. The ones that don't believe like the others, don't have to participate. Majority rules, just like in the Torah.

    -and-

    2) Prayer should not be in public schools. You want your kid to be religious? Send him/her to a private religious school.

    I know I can't have it both ways. I've believed in #1 for many many years... now though, because of the baseless hatred of non-religious (and supposedly religious) kids (and aduults), I'm leaning seriously towards #2.


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    Re: How do you feel about school prayer?

    Post  Arik on Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:56 pm

    I know what you mean about "majority rules" however if the majority is Xtian and want to pray in the name of jesus then I would have a problem with that if my kid was having to pray in the name of another "savior" other than G-d. and if I complained then the xtians would cause my kid's life to be hell. On the other hand, I have no problems with xtians having their own private after school clubs or bible study groups as well i think anyone should have that right to do providing it's not something that is forced.
    When i was a kid and played football, our coach always lead a "team prayer" before every game. We always just prayed to "G-d" and nobody thought anything about it.
    I would imagine today, some people would see a lawsuit opportunity. Rolling Eyes

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    Re: How do you feel about school prayer?

    Post  Yehudah on Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:41 pm

    Fortunately, we send our kids to religious schools, so it isn't a problem for us. But I remember being in school... when it wasn't an issue.


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