Critical Thinking

First abridge the freedom of speech, infringe upon

First the Constitutions Freedom of Religion states it “protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference.” It prohibits any laws that establish a national religion, impede the exercise of religion, abridge the freedom of speech, infringe upon the freedom of press, infringe the right of peaceably assemble or prohibit citizens from petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. There are also two clauses that guarantee the freedom of religion. They are the “Establishment Clause “and the “Free Exercise Clause”. The case of Santa Fe Independent School District vs Doe was a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and that ruled in June 19, 2000 that a Texas School board policy that allowed student led- initiated prayer before a varsity high school games was a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment clause which prohibits the government from establishing, advancing, or giving favor to any religion.  The issue was that before the games it allowed children to have prayer over the loud speaker system before the games. Even though the prayer was not a violation of the freedom of speech but qualified as a “private speech “the delivery over the loud speaker in which it was done was the violation. In my opinion I don’t agree with ruling of this case because what they are saying is not favoring a religion as the Establishment  Clause states and if the students who didn’t want to pray did not have to and there could have been just a moment of silence so that those who wanted to pray could of and nothing was forcing the other student to pray along. The fact that it was over the loud system should not have mattered because this could have been done in the locker room or on the field but again these who didn’t want to do not have to participate but you should take away the right of the other students and just prohibit it all together.