Pray be allowed

The first amendment protects , the freedom of speech and religion, we have to the right as citizens to express ourselves, so should sports team be allowed to pray before a game in school? There are to two sides to this. The first side is against sports team’s praying in a school before the game.  According to Matt from ProConit, ‘’ Individuals can pray before, during, and after a games on their own or with others in their own groups. But as an organized event for the entire crowd, prayer at a game is not proper.’’ I agree with Matt, I think we as people have a right to express freedom of speech and religion, but we have to remember the  separation of church and state. A letter from, Thomas Jefferson,he writes,“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”  I agree with statement, I think if people want to pray before  a game on there own, that’s fine, but doing as a whole team, exudes other people that don’t have the same religion as you and vice versa. Some people claim the reason for pray is bring bonding to a team. I disagree with this, I think there is other ways for a team to bond as a whole, such as doing fun things together.  But the other side this is that is praying before a game is good thing. The dictionary defines the word, ‘’pray’’ as to offer devout petition, praise,thanks.’’ I don’t think there is anything wrong with offering thanks and devout petitions.  Amy Ayala says,’’ I recently spoke to a high school football referee about teams praying before games. He said that there is nothing wrong with praying before a game as long as a  team member begins it and recites it.’’ Amy response to the referee, ‘’Student’s are not obligated to pray before a game, just as they are not obligated to recite the pledge of allegiance, or say the words, ‘’ under God.’’ It is a personal choice to pray, and if the student’s decide to say a prayer before a game, no one stop them. ‘’ I feel it is people right as citizens to  rights to freedom of speech and religion, I just think overall, I think it is the right for schools to make decisions. Regarding what they think is best for them. I don’t think it is fair, but in the end schools just want what is best for us.

 

Sources:

‘’Ayala, Amy. “PRO/CON… Should Sports Teams Be Allowed to Pray before Games?”King’s Courier. Amy Ayala, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.’’

 

‘’Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg. “ProConIt – Should Prayer Be Allowed before High School Football Games?” ProConIt – Should Prayer Be Allowed before High School Football Games? Hattiesburg American, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.’’

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4 thoughts on “Pray be allowed”

  1. I found the referee’s quote “as long as a team member begins it and recites it” interesting. He insinuates that as long as coaches don’t exercise their influence on players, that no coercion has taken place. While it may be true of professional teams, I can’t help thinking about the power (and possible coercion) that exist in the form of peer pressure.

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  2. I do agree with you that praying as a whole before football games and other events is not right. It is not fair to all religions to only pray in a certain way and respect certain religions when thousands of others exist. Where my opinion differs from yours is where you end your blog. As you state in the last sentence, “But in the end schools just want what is best for us.” Though this might be true, universities tend to think more of the majority than individuals. Universities try to please as many people as they can, but pleasing everyone is not their primary goal. With this, universities might respect the Catholic religious ideals more than the Muslim religious ideals because the majority of their population is Catholic. However, under the First Amendment religious freedom is protected and with that one religion should not be favored over another. In situations like football games where religion comes into play, all athletes and fans should think of every religion and not only pray publically for one. All religions deserve acknowledgment.

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  3. I agree with the statement that people should be allowed to pray before a sports game if it is on their own. There are many religions, 4,200 were recorded as of 2014, This means that everyone in the school could have their own religion, and having one prayer may not agree with the way they practice their religion. On the contrary, not everyone identifies as religious and may not want to pray because of this reason. Freedom of religion means also having the right to not practice a religion. Therefore, it would make the most sense to allow people to have a moment before the game to pray if they wish. If there is a stadium-wide prayer, then the freedom is being violated because people who do not practice a religion would be forced to participate in the prayer. The best option to keep everyone happy and protect rights is to leave the choice to the people that are participating in and attending the game, to pray or not before the game.

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  4. I agree that prayer should not be an organized crowd event at a school sporting event, but I believe that spoken prayer should be allowed in public schools and that students should be given the option to participate or not. The First Amendment states that you cannot force your religion onto someone else, but that should not mean that your right to publicly pray should be taken away at school. For example, if a group of athletes want to pray before their big game, they should have every right to do so as long as they do not force their entire team to participate. There should be nothing wrong with students praying at a public school sporting event. I think that time for a prayer during the school day could a scheduled minute or two at the beginning of the day where students can have silent time to pray to an religion or choose to do something else like use their phone.
    There are many good things that have been shown to come with prayer in schools. It can build morality and help expose young children to other religions by helping them learn more about different cultures and why it is important to accept them. Praying together can also build trust between students and teachers and help guide children to make better decisions later in life. Some students might find comfort in praying during school, and it could lead them to be more comfortable at school with their teachers. For the students who are atheists or do not want to pray, they would not have to. They would have the option to choose to sit quietly during the prayer time or do other activities like reading or playing on their phone.
    Overall, I believe that spoken prayer for any religion should be allowed in public schools because it is a common task practiced often by over 50% of Americans every day. Students should not be told that they cannot pray out loud during school simply because not everyone agrees with them.

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