Why do some CHRISTIANS want to mandate prayer in public schools?
Why is it acceptable, according to those who want "prayer back in school", for a secular insitution like the public education system to require children to participate in such a religious observance? How is it not a violation of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom, if/when the government sanctions a practice which requires ALL students to recognize and "communicate with" a religious concept, namely Yahweh?
After all, government mandated prayer in public schools fails the Lemon test, so what possible valid arguments might there be to require children to pray to God during their public schooling? Isn't it my right as a parent to choose NOT to raise my child as a Christian? Why should the public schools be able to interfere with that?
And by the way, kids can still pray or "do what they need to do" to stay "true" to their faith so long as it doesn't significantly deter from the educational atmosphere. Again, individuals enjoy that freedom. It's just not constitutional for the government to require my child to pray to any god.
I don't know why you'd come to that conclusion. What I've said is that I'm not raising him to be a Christian and that I want the government to keep it's nose out of my child's religious preferences and observances.
Not once did I indicate or intend to indicate an intention to "force" my child to "not believe" like me. I'm not going to raise him as a Christian... I'm also not going to raise him as an Asatruar, a Hindu, a Muslim, an atheist, a Wiccan, a Satanist, a Buddhist, etc. I've answered this kind of question several times: "Atheists, how will you raise your children?"
Basically, when he asks questions, I'll help him answer them as objectively as possible and if he asks MY opinion, I'll give it to him as rationally as possible.