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A 4 page discussion of the misperceptions surrounding the need to separate religion and government. This paper presents arguments on both side of the controversy. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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integrating church and school abound. Most of the arguments opposing such integration center around the belief that there is some sort of Constitutional prohibition for combining church and state.
One of the most often used justifications of keeping religion out of the schools is a very frequently misinterpreted statement made by Thomas Jefferson (a great philosopher in his
own right) concerning a "wall of separation between church and state" (Owens, 2002). Those that contest religion being taught in our schools contend that Jeffersons statement was a reinforcement
of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, a clause which prohibits the formation of "law respecting an establishment of religion." [413 U.S. 756, 801].
One of the results of the ongoing argument about the need to separate religion from our schools is that a greater and greater number of the
nations students are electing to attend private schools as opposed to publically funded schools. In the Fall of 1980, for example, 50,335,000 students attended public schools and only 7,971,000
attended private schools. In the Fall of 2007, in contrast, the projected number of students attending public schools was 63,067,000 and those attending private schools were projected to be
10,653,000 (US Department of Education, 2007). The percentage of the nations children that elected to attend private schools increased from 13.7% in the Fall of 1980 to a projected
14.5% in the fall of 2007 (US Department of Education, 2007). Obviously, a growing number of our nations students are
being drawn to public schools and one explanation for this is their desire to experience religion as a component of their education. The sad thing about the argument purporting