Religion in Public Schools, Good or Bad?
“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, in the republic for which it stands, one nation under god…”The Pledge is one of many important issues that are under review regarding Religion in our present day public schools. Many people believe that religion should not be affiliated with our public school system while others support it. If religion was taught in public schools would there be as many school shootings? Would there be as many wife beaters or rapists in the world? Would we really want our future, being the children today to grow up being taught that religion is not necessarily bad but a form of taboo?
There have been many court cases regarding the pledge and other occurrences of hypothetically speaking “prayer” in our public schools. This raises my question, “Is religion to a certain extent such a bad thing?” and if it is, “Do we really want our future leaders of the world being educated without good morals and the true explanation of creation?” This research paper will discuss numerous court cases that deal with The Pledge, the history of religion in our public schools, and how the influence of either being a conservative Christian really plays a role in our political point of view on this subject.
Throughout the history of this topic there have been many laws and Amendments that were made to protect certain rights such as freedom of religion. The First, Fifth, and fourteenth Amendments all recognize a person “inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (US Constitution). Although many Americans view the Constitution looser than other documents there is still an underlining fact that a persons religious freedoms cannot be altered completely, but there are limitations set up to prevent the secularization of government. As David Engel says, “While the Amendment disallowed establishment and granted religious liberty to the citizenry,...