Did you know “the minority” describes the portion of Americans who don’t favor more religious expression in school?
Do you favor voluntary prayer in school? Most American do, according to Gallup. For over 20 years, large majorities have been in favor of school prayers and, generally, of a greater presence of religion in school life. In 2005, three of four Americans (76%) favored “a constitutional amendment to allow voluntary prayer in public schools.” This was about the same in a 1983 poll.
What type of voluntary prayer do people want? It’s not the spoken kind. Most want a silent prayer or a moment of silence. About 60% of Americans feel religion has too little presence in schools. Not surprisingly, those who attend religious services more regularly are more likely to favor religious expression in schools, the poll reports. Protestants are more likely than, say, Catholics or the unaffiliated to favor religious expression in schools. But there is consensus among people of different political stripes. Over two thirds of each group—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—favor a moment of silence or silent prayer. Majorities of each group also say religion has “too little presence” in schools (though Republicans are much more likely to say that).
How do you feel about an official moment of silence or silent prayer? Even if you oppose more religious expression, is this a compromise that you could live with?
Or, are these ideas just opening a troubling wedge?
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(Originally published at www.OurValues.org)