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Illinois Moment of Silence to return

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  • Denton, TX
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    The laws regarding having a moment of silence in Illinois Schools have been in a constant state of flux for the past few years.

    It looks as though the law requiring a daily moment of silence in schools will be back in effect shortly: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/14/illinois-school-prayer-mo_n_809181.html
  • Republican
    Texas
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    good for you Illinois, now we need the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. and In God We Trust.
    Put God back in schools, and in our Country then He will take care of everything else...........FACT
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    fran1962 Wrote: good for you Illinois, now we need the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. and In God We Trust.
    Put God back in schools, and in our Country then He will take care of everything else...........FACT
    That would be your facts, but not mine. The first Amendment of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. What this means is that our founders wanted religion out of the public sphere. Practice your religion in your home, in your place of worship, etc. DO NOT bring it into our schools, unless it is a religious school. ANY school getting public funding should not force children to pray for something they may not believe in. That is not your right to force it upon others.

    And "In God We Trust" was adopted as our countries "official motto" in 1956, during the height of the cold war against the Russians. It was not anywhere in our Constitution and our Founders would probably be rather upset that it is our official motto.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I would prefer a moment of silence as opposed to a prayer because a christian prayer would be a violation of the Constitution if other types of prayer were excluded, you can see where that would lead, the students would have to spend the entire morning session just saying the various prayers of every established religion in this country if not the world, and there is nothing wrong with a moment of reflection before beginning a difficult task.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    fran1962 Wrote: good for you Illinois, now we need the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. and In God We Trust.
    Put God back in schools, and in our Country then He will take care of everything else...........FACT
    That would be your facts, but not mine. The first Amendment of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. What this means is that our founders wanted religion out of the public sphere. Practice your religion in your home, in your place of worship, etc. DO NOT bring it into our schools, unless it is a religious school. ANY school getting public funding should not force children to pray for something they may not believe in. That is not your right to force it upon others.

    And "In God We Trust" was adopted as our countries "official motto" in 1956, during the height of the cold war against the Russians. It was not anywhere in our Constitution and our Founders would probably be rather upset that it is our official motto.
    Yes you said it right; indeed the "In God we Trust" statement is ridiculous; how could you as a human trust something "unseen" never met entity, blindly and then forget that "trust" is a human invented word which is used among "humans" only. The only appropiate thing is "Do we "trust" our Government? Certainly you can not "trust" anything up there; nature does whatever it wants too, it does not ask us if we want a hurricane, cancer or something else; quite simple you can not "trust" nature.
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    The Knights of Columbus were nothing if not opportunistic. With the House Unamerican Activities rolling and Commie paranoria rampant getting God into the pledge was easy. But as time went by it was forgotten and schools dropped the pledge and prayer. Now the right claims the manufacturing jobs were exported because we lost our moral way.
    Huh?????
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I'm all for many moments of silence. There's too much noise in this country. I think religion in school is crazy unless you want to set aside 1/2 day to recognize all religions equally. Not much time left for education. If people want to send their kids to a religious school then I guess prayer would be fine there. Everyone who talks about prayer in school are narrow minded enough to assume it will be just their religion represented.