I am concerned about the depreciating amount of acceptance of prayer in schools.
Not being able to pray at school is a growing problem among many middle school and high school students. It is appalling that these students’ rights are being taken away solely on the fact that not every single person in the world believes in God. Even if the students are allowed to pray most of them don’t due to bullies. The world is cruel and even crueler for teenagers with religious beliefs.
The majority of people in the U.S. are religious. In fact, 80 percent of teens in the U.S. pray on a regular basis. Based on this one fact alone, you would think that it is common sense that students would be permitted to pray. However, this is not the case.
Just because one kid in a gym class enjoys basketball and another likes to play kickball doesn’t mean that the one who prefers basketball bullies the other because of their small difference.
The same thing goes for religions; just because one child believes in God and the other does not the one who does shouldn’t get picked on for it.
Unfortunately, this isn’t how things are in today’s society. This, however, is only part of the problem. It is bad enough that fellow students discriminate against the students who pray, but adults are as well. Teachers and principals are not allowing students to pray due to complaints made by other students.
They say that it is offending other students. No, that is not the problem and if it is then there needs to be many other things banned than just simply harmless praying. Besides, there are a multitude of things that students do that offend other people but get praised for being themselves and standing out of the crowd. This is not right at all. I agree that students should not force others to pray along with them, but if they are just praying to themselves there is nothing being done wrong. As I said earlier, there are many problems such as bullying that people need to be paying attention to.
Today’s letters were submitted by area high school students