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Ricky Perry Would Amend The Constitution To Reiterate Right Of Prayer

Rick Perry, desperate to get some attention from Republican voters who are primarily motivated by their religious beliefs, has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to protect the rights of religious Americans. The amendment would protect the right of public students to pray. “I would support a constitutional amendment that would allow our children to pray in school any time that they would like.”

texas governor and blithering idiotPublic school students already have the right to pray whenever they want to, to whatever deity they want to, however they want to. That’s already provided for by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for freedom of religion.

No one has banned students from praying in public schools.

Public school students do not, however, have a right to force other students to pray. They also do not have a right to get the official endorsement for their prayers from the local governments that run their schools. What Rick Perry calls a “ban on prayer” is not actually a ban on prayer. It’s merely a lack of government-organized and sanctioned prayer.

Rick Perry seems to think that school children need local governments to teach them how to pray. A more reasonable approach is what’s already taking place: Public schools allow students to decide to pray on their own if they want to. If students don’t want to pray to any divine beings, then they don’t have to opt out of some centralized government prayer bureaucracy. They simply don’t make the the individual decision to pray.

Adults get to choose whether they belong to a prayer-centered religion. Why should students be directed into a prayer religion by the government?

2 comments to Ricky Perry Would Amend The Constitution To Reiterate Right Of Prayer

  • Lakawak

    And having a morning prayer is not forcding anyone to pray, yet that has been ruled illegal. Similarly, if a student got up and started praying out loud, they would be expelled.

    Anyone who suggests that this wouldn’t happen is not even trying to sound intelligent. Kids are told to remove religious clothing like t-shirts with religious messages. That is a DIRECT violation of the first amendment.

    • Having a morning prayer on your own, individually, is not forcing anyone to pray, and has NOT been ruled illegal.

      Having a morning prayer that everyone has to participate in and is forced to be present for is something else.

      Why are so many Christians so insecure about the power of their supposedly omnipotent deity that they have to use the power of government to push prayer to that god? Really, is this supernatural being so weak that it will falter unless government forces kids to give it worship?

      Yes, if a student stands up in the middle of ordinary class proceedings, and starts loudly praying, interrupting the school day for everyone else, they would be taken to the principal’s office – but NOT for praying. That student would be disciplined for being inappropriately loud and obnoxious and disruptive.

      It’s like how you have the right to build a church, but you don’t have a right to build your church in the middle of Main Street. If you tried that, you would be arrested – and it wouldn’t be because your religious rights were being violated, but because YOU were violating other, non-religious, laws.

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