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.
‘’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.’’