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This 4-page paper examines legislation as it pertains to religion in schools. In addition to examining current trends on this topic, the paper also examines some historical trends as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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two years ago to strike "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance recited in most public schools, both Newdow and the decision of the court (which ruled in favor of
Newdow) brought forth a huge spate of public opinion and once again opened concerns about separation of church and state, and especially separation of religion when it comes to public
schools. The phrase "under God" had been added 50 years ago to the Pledge when the Congress at that time, which was wary of the potential of potential of nuclear
war with the Soviet Union, sought all the help it could in protecting the United States. Yet recently, questions of what is appropriate in terms of schools and faith continue
to be questioned, and legislation continues to be passed either in favor of religion in public schools or against it. Yet the debate isnt a new one -- but its
one that, in the past forty or fifty years, has been a fierce one (Hickey, 2003). One reason for the upsurge, at least according to Brian Burch with the Thomas
More Law Center, a public-interest group based in Michigan, is because, under the auspices of multiculturalism and political correctness, many Christians feel as though theyre being marginalized by society, and
that their religion is consistently under attack (Hickey, 2003). For that reason, Burch notes, religion in public schools, as well as other church-state issues, is being hotly debated, ranging from
whether the Ten Commandments should be hung in a classroom, to whether "under God" should be struck from the Pledge, to prayer in the actual classroom (Hickey, 2003). It is,
according to experts, the religious right that is filing a great number of suits, which also explains why church-state issues have become more prominent -- and more legislated -- during