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why do we have a moment of silence

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that allowing as part of a moment of silence means that moments of silence can make it hard to keep the (the idea that and should not affect each other). Moments of silence do not have to be time for prayers. They can be used for other thoughts that are not religious. Many people who want time for prayers in and government meetings use moments of silence so that some people can pray and other people do not have to pray. Because they represent the government, and because the says that government cannot force people to do religious things, these people cannot tell other people to pray. When public schools have a moment of silence, students could (relax and think calm thoughts), students with other religions such as, and could pray, and students could think about the day ahead. , a famous government leader, likes having moments of silence in schools. He has said that a simple moment of silence at the start of each school day is a good idea. He also has said that students could use this time to pray, think, or study. Many people believe that prayer is not allowed in United States public schools, but this is not true. The ruled in 1962 that students can pray in school, but teachers and other school leaders cannot lead the prayers.


Students can form where they can pray, and they can pray alone, but they cannot lead prayers at school events. The reason prayer is not allowed at those times is because of the. The First Amendment says that government cannot force people to do religious things, and public schools are part of the government. In 1976, the state of allowed schools to have a moment of silence at the start of the school day. This moment would last one minute. In 1985, the Supreme Court said that a "moment of silence" law in would not work with the United States Constitution and could not be used. In 2005, the state of made a law that said all public schools had to give students time to say the and a moment of silence every day. In April 2000, Virginia changed its law to say that all in Virginia had to have a moment of silence (before this change, schools could choose not to have a moment of silence). In October 2000, a judge named Claude M. Hilton said that the "moment of silence" law was allowed by the United States Constitution. Judge Hilton said that the law has a (not religious) purpose, that the law does not make religion more important or less important, and that the law does not make government and religion be too close to each other.


Judge Hilton also said, "Students may think as they wish," and that this thinking could be religious or not religious. He said that the only thing students had to do because of the law was sit and be quiet. In March 2008, followed Virginia and made a compulsory 30 seconds moment of silence, but was lifted in August. The thinks that these laws that say public schools should have moments of silence are a bad idea. They think they are a bad idea because the laws are made to give students time to pray, and that makes religion more important than non-religion. Why do we hold a minute's silence? People across the UK are holding a minute's silence today, for those who died in the fire at. A minute's silence has also been held for the attacks in and in recent weeks. But why do we hold a silence to pay tribute in this way? In the UK, the first recorded national silence was held on Armistice Day in 1919. Armistice Day was the day that World War One ended, on 11 November 1918. In this photo, a group of women wave flags on Armistice Day, when World War One ended In November 1919, King George V issued a proclamation that called for a two-minute silence. "All locomotions should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead," he said.


All locomotion should cease means that all movement should stop, so everybody should stand or sit still, whatever they are doing. So it was about more than just not talking. Since 1919, on the second Sunday of November (otherwise known as Remembrance Sunday), a two-minute silence is held at 11am at war memorials, cenotaphs, religious services and shopping centres throughout the country to remember all those killed in conflicts. While holding a period of silence remains the traditional way to pay tribute and show respect, in some cases where it is appropriate, a round of applause is used to celebrate somebody's life - for example, to remember sports stars who have passed away. At the start of the Great Manchester Run this year, runners at the start line held a minute's silence in respect to those who had been killed or injured in the recent attack at the Manchester Arena Sports writer Richard Williams explains that Italian people have been doing this for a while. "I think it's a good idea when the person is someone whose achievements were accompanied by the cheers of vast crowds," he says.

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