Religion in Academics

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Religion in Academics To say the United States is a religious nation would be an understatement. About 90 percent of Americans claim to believe in God, and almost 80 percent say that religion in an important part of their lives. Seventy percent of Americans pray and 40 percent attend religious services and read the Bible each week (Nord 1). Religion is a significant factor in our everyday lives. Instead of trying to ignore the impact religion has made in the past and continues to make, we must strive to learn more about different religions and embrace the religions of our world.
From the time this country was established on religious freedom, there has been a struggle with religion in academics. During colonial times, the schools were largely operated by churches. Prayer and religion were part of daily school life. This continued for many years. Once the immigrant population of the United States increased and made the country more diverse friction developed over prayers and readings from the King James Bible. In 1910, the Illinois Supreme Court banned in-class readings of the Bible in Chicago public schools. A little over 50 years later, two cases were heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Parents claimed organized school prayer was violating their First Amendment protection against established religion. The courts ruled against organized prayer nationwide in public schools (Jurinski 6).
Many people believe that any shape or form of religion is no longer allowed in schools. However, schools are not prohibited from teaching religion. They are only prohibited from showing favor of one religion over another, or advocate religion over irreligion. Allowing a place for religion in schools will offer students a more comprehensive and meaningful understanding of subjects from world history and literature to biology and even current events. Students should…...

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