Prayers are not allowed to be broadcasted in schools. Even if students are allowed to not pray, it still puts "indirect coercive pressure upon religious minorities to conform to the officially approved religion." It puts an unnecessarily pressure on students to be a certain religion, one that they might not normally follow. This should not be taking place, especially in a public school. Students should not feel obligated to join one religion or another, and the best way to avoid this is to not broadcast prayer in schools at all.
Organized prayer in schools can lead to many issues. It can lead to conflicts with parents, if the school is advocating for a different religion than the one their child follows, or if the school is saying things in this organized prayer that go against one's religious views and beliefs. In addition, it can isolate students of different religions, who may not have known about their differences from there peers beforehand. "Public prayer will highlight religious differences of which students may have been unaware. Those students who abstain from school prayer or protest against it may be ostracized." Prayer and religion causes too many conflicts to be included in public schools.
The separation of church and state is very important in public schools. It ensures that students are not having a specific religion forced on them. They can be taught about religion, but the school cannot preach to students about religion. Also, "Students feel like part of their school community. They aren’t singled out or excluded because they have different religious beliefs— or none." Students should feel safe in their public schools, regardless of what religion they are. The separation of church and state is an important part of that safety, and should be heavily enforced.
Newt Gingrich is trying to pass an amendment, one that would directly alter the bill of rights. The amendment would allow those in positions of power to say when, where, and how the students pray. This goes against the first amendment, which gives U.S. citizens freedom of religion. The article says, "The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly said that officially organized prayer is coercive in a school environment, even when designated as "voluntary." This amendment would cause lots of chaos and conflict throughout the United States, and would ultimately do more harm than it would do good.
Prayer is not permitted to be broadcasted in schools. Teachers are not allowed to pray with or in front of students. Teams cannot pray before or after games. Prayers are not allowed to be said at graduation ceremonies or other school assemblies. However, students are permitted to pray in school, but they have to do so in a quiet, private matter, and they cannot force or pressure others to pray with them.