Would our Founding Fathers have agreed to corporate prayer in publically funded schools? What was their intention concerning the separation of Church and State?
General George Washington provided services of worship for the troops at Valley Forge. These were Christian services. Today, the military provides services of worship for all servicemen and women for each religion represented. The government has no problem with this.
The schools DO have a problem with this approach because they would have to provide chaplains for all the religious groups represented in the schools and this would rather change the nature of American public education! Not to mention the fact that some parents would be upset about the presence of Muslim or Buddhist chaplains on the school grounds. A principal’s nightmare!
America today is nothing like the America of the Founding Fathers. The intentions of the Founding Fathers in separating church and state were conditioned by conflicts within the Churches of their day. They were wise to try to keep governance free from the politics of religion. Too bad many politicians are trying to mix them up to curry public favor.
Prayer in school is largely a political issue, not one of freedom of speech. An individual may pray at any time while in school, especially if the pray is silent (which most prayers are). Rarely would this be a problem. It would be a problem, however, if the student did so prove a point or to defy the law. It is a problem that politicians use this and the Ten Commandments in public places to try to buy votes from their conservative constituents.
What do you think?