Argumentative Essay: Prayer And The Bible In Schools

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Prayer and The Bible in Schools
June 25, 1962, a day that changed the course of America. In the court case of Engel v. Vitale, the Supreme Court decided that prayer for use in schools violated the First Amendment by creating an establishment of religion (Facts and Case Summary - Engel v. Vitale). A year later in 1963, in the court case of District v. Schempp, the Supreme Court forbade Bible reading in the public school system. Both rulings will change the course of history and the morality of future generations to come. Prayer and the Bible should be reintroduce into schools because they lay a foundation for morality, can be practiced without disrespecting those who disagree, and offers adolescents hope. By reintroducing the Bible and prayer back into the public school system, adolescents will have a foundation for morality. Since the banning of prayer and the Bible in 1962, there has been a steady moral decline. According to the US Bureau of Census, criminal arrest of teens is up 150 percent; according to the National Center of Health Services teen suicide is up 450 percent; according to the US Department of Health and Human Services child abuse is up 2300 percent; and lastly, according to National Institute of Drug Abuse illegal drug activity is up
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Something I find interesting is that the topic of prayer in school can be “unfair”. Everyone can be so against and “offended” about prayer in school, but the second a shooter comes in and their life is on the line everyone is crying out and praying to God. School and prisons, are both government institutions- right? Then why is it in schools the government has prohibited the reading of the Bible and formal prayer, but in prisons the Bible and prayer are encouraged? If adolescents were encouraged to pray in schools and have a Biblical foundation then many of them wouldn't end up in prison in the first
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