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Should mandatory prayer be implemented in school in the USA or not?
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bnachilles
Jun 18, 2012
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Bishop Bennett
Jun 26, 2012
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They people meantion any god's name but Jesus. Why does public school hate Jesus so much

 
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Jul 02, 2012
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Bishop Bennett
Jul 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: akulakhan Show

Prayer should not be forced. But people who chose to pray in public school should not be in violation of school rules. Today in then this wicked world people can talk about any other god and pray to any other god. But when they talk about Jesus Christ they are silenced or in trouble for speaking about the Living God

 
Bishop Bennett
Jul 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Larimar Cabrera Show

Prayer in public school is not force

 
Bishop Bennett
Jul 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Sam Mace Show

I am talking about prayer. I know what the constitution says. But who ever posted this question may not.

 
Nisan Vile
Aug 20, 2013
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There exists a concept called "moment of silence". This I think is the right thing because it can appeal to anyone. If you want to you can pray if your an atheist you can just think about the beauty of the world or whatever. The point is it's a time to reach a little higher than oneself.

 
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jonjax71
Jun 18, 2012
3 convinced
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I am against forcing students or anyone to pray in school or anywehre else.

Thats aid, I would not be against "personal moment" where a few minutes is taken where every one in school takes a breather to meditate, relax, pray or any other postive reinforcement, that's good for the brain and the soul,

 
Alexandria Starks
Jun 20, 2012
2 convinced
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i think theres a pretty good reason for the seperation of church and state...

 
sandifromlargo
Jul 18, 2012
2 convinced
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Prayer is a personal choice. It must not be forced on, or spoon fed to anyone. There is not a problem in explaining why you have made the choice to pray, but one does not have the right to impose personal choices on others.
A better solution would be to set aside a short period of time, for a child to pray, reflect, or calm down their brain before beginning the school day. This gives children of different faiths, or no faith, to prepare their minds for the day. If this does not fill the bill, then parents that feel prayer is essential, should encourage their child to schedule a period of time in their day (morning, or evening) to reflect, or pray. Parents can also set up a routine for their families to pray together in the confines of their home. Stressing children over when and where they pray or reflect, just sets them up to be singled out by their peers, or school bullies, and may cause damage to them psychologically.

 
bnachilles
Jun 21, 2012
1 convinced
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I think it's unconstitutional and no one should be forced to pray in that manner. Personal prayer is fine if people want to do it, but it shouldn't be forced at all or scheduled.

 
akulakhan
Jun 26, 2012
1 convinced
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Rebuttal to: Bishop Bennett Show

Public schools aren't a single-minded entity, as such it doesn't hold the capacity to hate, unlike Christianity.

 
Larimar Cabrera
Jul 18, 2012
1 convinced
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I don't think people should be forced to pray because God wouldn't force us to pray, he doesn't even force us to love him everything we do for him he wants it to be willingly but they should have something like before school a prayer group or after school or something like that where if you want it then it's there. So many people are looking for someone who can understand them or love them unconditionally without knowing that there is someone who does that already, so schools should open up your mind in all things including God and give you a place where you can feel like you're not judged, and you're loved and you can get closer to God even in school, it's like our home when we're growing up because we spend more time there then anywhere else.

 
Sam Mace
Jul 21, 2012
1 convinced
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Rebuttal to: Bishop Bennett Show

It doesn't, the constitution of your country is clear in that it prohibits the government enforcing or being in favour of any god or gods. I am not an American and I don't live in America, I am English and it scares me that so many Americans don't know the constitution of your country.

 
Brian Mute
Jul 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Bishop Bennett Show

Its not that they hate Jesus, its because all of the students in public school come from different backgrounds and different beliefs. Making them follow Christianity for the sake of the law doesn't make it right--in fact, it makes it wrong. It's like forcing an atheist or a Muslim to follow Christianity or pagan religions or they'll get kicked out of the country. Plus, there's no point in forcing them because you would be pretty much saying, "Hey, we don't like you in our country, so we'll kick you out if you don't follow this religion."

 
Sam Mace
Jul 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Bishop Bennett Show

But to enforce prayer in public schools is for the government to endorse monotheistic religion rather than not to pray. It is unconstitutional, it is against the first amendment pure and simple. The national day of prayer was deemed unconstitutional and this would be a similar thing. Mandatory prayer is wrong in law and in ethics.

 
Larimar Cabrera
Jul 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Bishop Bennett Show

It would be forced if they put it in schools because not everyone believes in God and they would have to repeat some things that they just don't believe in but what I said was they should have it around for those that are curious or that do believe and want to try it out but if they don't want to than they don't have to. So they should keep it the way the church is, there's one in almost every corner in NYC and it's optional if you want to enter or not.

 


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