Protect Prayer in our Schools!

Our Children should be allowed to pray publically in our schools.

This petition calls for the reinstatement of prayer being put back in schools. On June 17th,1963 school prayer was taken out of public schools and it is time for it to be reinstated. America has compromised itself with other countries for too long.

The number of school shootings that has occurred since February 1996 to November 2005 is very disturbing. On February 2, 1996, Barry Loukaltis age 14 fired upon his algebra class killing two classmates and one teacher in Moses Lake, Wash.

The shooting deaths of 16 children, one teacher and wounding 10 others before killing himself at Dunblane Primary School on March 13, 1996 in Dunblane, Scotland. A principal along with a student was killed and two were wounded by Evan Ramsey on February 19, 1997.

These shootings had a huge impact on America, the most unsettling shootings that happened were the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo. on April 20, 1999.

Two students, Eric Harris 18, and Dylan Klebold 17, killed 12 students, one teacher, and wounded 23 others. After an hour-long killing spree they then killed themselves.

Darrell Scott the farther of Rachel Scott one of the victims of Columbine High School gave a moving speech at the House Judiciary sub-committee on May 27, 1999 that should have hit home with every politician, sociologist, psychologist, parent, teacher, and all professed experts pertaining to prayer in our schools.

The Transcript reads as follows:

Your laws ignore our deepest needs

Your words are empty air

You've stripped away our heritage

You've outlawed simple prayer

Now gunshots fill our classrooms

And precious children die

You seek for answers everywhere

And ask the question `Why?'

You create restrictive laws

And yet you fail to understand

That God is what we need (Scott, Darrell. May, 1999).

Since all the school shootings the people have asked the community to have more gun control, school counselors, and more government programs to reduce the youth violence. These proposals have failed to acknowledge the real cause. "The absence of God from our public schools and our culture".

If we adopt spiritual beliefs and not violent beliefs school violence will come to an end (Kendall, 2004).

Permitting the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools again is another way to combat teen violence in our schools. This action would provoke a discussion among teachers and students about moral issues and self-discipline. (Teti, 2005)

Our Children need to know that GOD loves them.

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Our Country was founded by a people who believed and prayed to a creator daily.