Illinois put the mandatory moment of silence in schools to test again, and it passed 2 to 1 in the appellate court. The dissenting opinion makes a lot of good points though - the only people who contacted the legislature about the law at all where people pushing for Abrahamic prayer in schools. Not a single Hindu, Pagan, agnostic or atheist who wanted "time to gather their thoughts" was asking for it.
Is there a specific reason that kids need a designated time every morning AT SCHOOL to pray (have a moment of silence)? Are they incapable of praying quietly to themselves before lunch or before a test? Does that "moment to gather their thoughts" actually accomplish that purpose, or does it go like it normally does in my son's class - where the kids are making faces at each other and trying not to giggle, fidgeting and wiggling the entire time? Even here in bible land, kids don't pray at THAT time.
Answer by Erin814 at 12:23 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 12:26 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Answer by depressedmom65 at 12:29 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Answer by Erin814 at 12:32 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
I think, as has already been stated, that it's intended to appease those who insist that there be prayer in school. As that is illegal, it's a compromise. While I think it's very unlikely that very many children do take that time to pray, if they are inclined to do so, this is their chance.
I'm like you, though, NP. I don't see why this is necessary. If parents want to reinforce prayer, wouldn't it be a great time to do it at home, before the school day begins? If I want my child to eat broccoli, you can bet I'm not going to send it to school with her, in hopes that she'll eat it at lunch (rather than introducing it to the trash can)--I'm going to serve it at dinner to be certain that it gets eaten.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:35 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Where have you been SweetLove? We've covered the "this country was founded by Christians" fallacy ad nauseum. It was not. Some of the founders were deists, some were Christians, and some were Agnostic or Atheist. "God" was not on our currency, in our pledge, or other areas of secular life until there was some religious flurry and a giant push by people who wanted to ignore our First Amendment. It does not belong in any of those places, so to argue that its being there as some sort of proof is bogus.
Also, I am not "uncomfortable" by the idea of prayer in school. It's simply wrong. Read the First Amendment. Read the guidelines by the U.S. Department of Education. I don't want your version of god pushed on my children. Do you want me to push my thoughts of a deity on yours?
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:41 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Answer by BubbaLuva at 12:47 PM on Oct. 16, 2010