Prayer At School?

As a nation that pins its hope for the future on our children, it truly takes courage of heart and mind to embrace the concept of E Pluribus, Unum. Because Out of Many, We Are One.

The idea that children going to public school should be required to assemble and participate in a form of prayer is intensely debated. The argument can be made that ritual and reflection, giving thanks, and thanking the universe are lovely things to want to instill in our children. The complicated part is how to possibly do that in a way that is appropriate for all belief systems—an idea that our Constitution vehemently protects.

The founding fathers of America wanted a land of the free, where one could practice religious freedom without persecution. They sought a refuge from the tyrannical rules of the execution of heretics by the Protestant and Catholic churches of England.

Prayer at school? E pluribus Unum

“The complicated part is how to possibly do that in a way that is appropriate for all belief systems—an idea that our Constitution vehemently protects.”

With that in mind, they intentionally created the formation of a government that specifically and carefully separated church and state—meaning the government has no right to dictate or impose religious beliefs as law.

It is important to note that the phrase “under God” was not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Similarly, “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency was added in 1957. It is interesting to note this addition, because it was an arguably strong departure from the intentions of the founding fathers, who understood the importance that one’s love of God should be separated from one’s love of country.

It is sometimes argued that America is a Christian nation. However, at its core, America is a melting pot of cultures and ideas, and reflects that in its wide array of traditions and religious affiliations.

In a public school setting, if one religion is chosen over another, it would be imposing a religious belief system on the collective. If we are truly a nation that values our freedom, then we must recognize the importance of tolerance of all belief systems. Something I’m thinking about.


Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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