Study: Most Americans Support School Prayers, Religious Displays

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    A majority of Americans believe religious displays, prayers at school and the Ten Commandments display in a court building should be legal in the United States, a new study showed.
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    While religious Americans were more likely to agree, a majority of those who are not religious also believe such religious expressions and practices should be allowed, according to Ellison Research which conducted the research on a sample of 1,007 adults. The study was released Thursday.

    Survey results revealed that 98 percent of born-again Americans compared to 81 percent of those not born again believe voluntary student-led prayer at public school events, such as football games or graduation ceremonies, should be legal. Also, 97 percent of born agains believe the law should support religious groups renting public property for meetings if non-religious groups are allowed to do so while 86 percent of not born again Americans agree. And 94 percent of born agains say a teacher wearing a religious symbol, such as a Star of David or a cross, during class should be legal compared to 85 percent of not born people.

    Ron Sellers, president of Ellison Research, believes the survey breaks the stereotype of the "religious right" and the "liberal left" believing a certain way.

    “There’s too often a stereotype in today’s world that one side – be they defined as churchgoers, conservatives, the ‘religious right,’ Republicans, evangelicals, or whatever – want to turn the U.S. into a theocracy or shove religion down everyone’s throats, while the other side – again, be they called Democrats, the non-religious, liberals, or the unchurched – are anti-religion and fighting to make this a purely secular society. On most of these issues, these different groups have a lot more in common than the stereotypes would suggest – most people simply support the right to individual religious expression, even if another person may not like that expression," said Sellers in the report.

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    I remember when I was in high school (from 1992 to 1996), we had various Christian groups & activities going on. There was Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). We never emphasized that a person had to be athlete. Then there was another group that was around (at our school) before FCA, called Campus For Christ. I ended up getting involved with both groups. Toward the end of my senior year, both of the group's numbers began falling, so we decided to combine the two groups together. As a result we also changed the name to Ambassadors For Christ. We began to feel that FCA was exclusively for athletic people because of the name & there were very few athletic people who joined. People also began to ask why there were two Christian groups instead of just one (which kind of made sense).

    Every year in September there was also another activity called "See You at the Pole". This is where people would gather around the flag pole in front of the school & would pray for about 20 minutes or so. This was a student led activity also.

    When I was in speech class, some of my friends who were involved in FCA, would always take advantage of getting behind the podium & express our conservative-Christian views. One time we had to do a series debates. One of my friends debated another student who was an Athiest. The debate was "Is There a God?" That was by far the most interesting debate that I have ever seen. There were two people who were passionate about what they believed defending thier views. I got stuck with debating casinos, which I was clearly against. My opponent was also against it, but she had to take the arguement of supporting it. Needless to say, it was rather boring.
     
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