Survey on Freedom of Religion

The huffingtonpost.com has an article about a man who was fired for praying on the bus he drove and invited students to pray with him. The article states, “School bus driver George Nathaniel III was fired last week for inviting the children on his routes to pray with him each morning, despite being repeatedly asked by his company to stop, reports CBS Local.” The article explains that he is a pastor and he believes that being fired for this was wrong. The man explained that he was not “coercing students into religious observance. Furthermore, he said, “We start out with a song, then each person will pray if they want to pray. If they don’t want to pray, they don’t have to pray. Then I will pray and ask them if they want to join me in prayer. Just give them something constructive and positive to go to school with.” Nathaniel states that this is his right to freedom of religion. “They are trying to take away every right the Christian has to express our Christian belief in this supposed to have been Christian nation.”

After reading this, I asked a group of 10 different people what they thought about it. I asked if they thought what this man was doing was wrong. 4 out of the 10 people said yes, that he violated the First Amendment by having prayer on a public school bus. But then, I asked if they would be upset if it was their child on this school bus. 0 out of the 10 said no. Not one of them would have had a problem with their child praying on the bus before going to school. I asked if they thought this man should be fired. Once again, 0 out of the 10 said no. I asked if they thinks rights of christians, or people of any religion, are being taken away from them. 9 out of 10 said yes. And I agree with this. I feel like slowly things that were once normal and accepted are no longer. Suddenly people have a problem with prayer, and certain things that I do, or that christians do are somehow taking the freedom away from other people. Or somehow I am attacking people with my religion if I pray. And i think this is wrong. In our world 10 years ago, what this man was doing on this bus would not have got him fired. I hate how rapidly people are turning away from God.

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