Prayer in school bill passes house

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Updated: 3/15/2013 10:48 am Published: 3/15/2013 10:46 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill designed to allow public school students to express religious viewpoints and organize prayer groups has passed the House despite concerns the measure could actually lead to more lawsuits against schools.

The House voted 79-13 for the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act by Sallisaw Republican Rep. John Bennett, who says the bill is modeled after a Texas law. The bill further directs school boards to adopt policies for student speakers at all school events that protects "the voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint by a student."

The head of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the proposed law is nothing more than a "political stunt" and urged its defeat in the Senate.



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BrideyMurphy - 3/18/2013 11:03 PM
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Nobody is FORCING the kids to pray, just allowing them to, as it allows muslim kids to pray and display religious articles, nothing wrong with any kid, regardless of faith to be able to pray as long as it is by desire and not forced on them by someone else. What the hell is wrong with people who sue schools for allowing kids to pray, or not pray if that is their choice anyway? If you don't believe in GOD that is fine, but why do you want to take away a kids right to believe if they want to? It isn't separation of Church and State if a kid wants to pray or not, it is individuals rights to do so or not, their one else needs to be involved period!

BrideyMurphy - 3/18/2013 10:58 PM
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Lawsuits can be thrown out if a judge has the balls to do it, and it saves the state money too.
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