I often Google the news for Agnostic and Atheist stories to comment on for this blog. I mean to just write original articles on the subject of Agnosticism and remain influenced by such articles, but a busy life leads me to fall back to the practice of responding to the articles directly. I usually find some fight the freethinkers are taking on where religion is crossing the line and violating the Establishment Clause of the First Admendment. However, this story rubs me the wrong way because I think it is a completely voluntary and acceptable way for students to practice their religion or remain free to practice their lack of beliefs as they see fit.
A 14-year-old girl and her outspoken atheist father filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging a new Illinois law requiring a brief period of prayer or reflective silence at the start of every school day.
“We don’t believe requiring time for reflection is the role of government,” Ottenhoff said.
“What we object to is Christians passing a law that requires the public school teacher to stop teaching during instructional time, paid for by the taxpayers, so that Christians can pray,” Sherman told The Associated Press.
An Illinois law called the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act already allowed schools to observe a moment of silence if they wanted. A new measure changed just a single word: “may” observe became “shall” observe.
Here is an Atheist viewpoint I actually disagree with and I’m not sure if it is because I’m an Agnostic. I firmly believe the religious have no idea what they’re talking about with their belief and are wrong to claim they know such things about creation. I don’t know and neither does anyone else. However, I don’t think we need to prevent anyone from individually practicing their belief when it doesn’t infringe on my own children’s rights. My children can take the moment of silence to reflect on their life and the universe as long as the teacher or other adults do not try to lead them in prayer. That is when it has gone to far. But a mandatory moment of silence or prayer for each student to do what they like; what’s wrong with that?