Is school sponsored meditation in public schools a violation of the first amendment?
School-sponsored anything is unconstitutional if it's religious. Students must be able to do it on their own time, on school grounds if they wish, but the moment a public school sponsors it, you got a problem.
School sponsored meaning what, exactly? Time set aside, or teacher-led?
If they want to interfere w/prayer they don't get to sponsor mediation. Each are forms of the same thing. Each "violates" sensibilities & principles of someone. Either freely permit/sponsor BOTH, or NEITHER... take a position and STICK with it!
So this is what confuses me prayer and meditation are both very similar and each is generally considered religious in nature.
Why is public schooling on nondenominational prayers unconstitutional but public schooling on nondenominational meditation fine?
Meditation is not a religious practice. Prayer, is explicitly a religious practice. You only pray to a god. Meditation is good for both secular and religious individuals. I'm not sure why you insist meditation is religious- I meditate and am not.
Of course not.
Meditation can but most definitely does not have to have a religious connotation.
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Only if it is promoting a certain religion over another
only if they're teaching a specific type of meditation as it relates to a specific religion. the act of meditation by itself isn't religious.
Yes, but individual teachers can with a group of students who a want.