Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Let us Pray in School: It's the Law in Missouri

When it's game time at schools in Missouri, it's time for prayer . . .
“Students in public schools may pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious activities or expression.”
-- House Bill 1303, passed in 2014
For background, read Missouri Citizens Vote to Bring Prayer Back to School and also read Democrat Missouri Gov. Signs Religious Liberty Law for Schools

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Florida Bans Prayer at Christian Football Game

North Dakota Bans Prayer at Catholic School Football Game

Atheists Threaten Indiana School Coach over Students' Prayer

Illinois School Agrees with Atheists, NOT Students

Football Coach Forced to Stop Praying AFTER Games in Washington

Arizona Schools Ban Christian Football Coaches

Also read Lone Jew, ACLU Stop Prayer in Pennsylvania Town

-- From "Just before tipoff, a student-led prayer" by Rance Burger, Springfield News-Leader 12/15/15

A public school basketball team prays before every home and away game. Last March, they prayed together with the Skyline girls basketball team in the middle of Mizzou Arena at Columbia before the Class 2 state championship game.

Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, called House Bill 1303 his “signature bill” of the 2014 session. Some state lawmakers questioned if the bill protected liberties already protected by the Bill of Rights, but the bill passed the House and Senate and was signed into law.

A policy enacted by the Crane R-III Board of Education keeps teachers or coaches from taking part in prayers with students.

The policy is backed by state law. It reads, “To the extent required by law, district employees or officials shall not lead attendees of a district-sponsored event in prayer or any other religious ritual, nor shall they direct, whether implicitly or explicitly, a student to lead attendees in a prayer or any other religious ritual. However, this policy shall not be used to deny any student, employee or district official any personal legal right of expression.”

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Prayer is supported in other states, as well (click headlines below):

North Carolina Citizens Demand Prayer in Public School

Ohio School Board Wants Prayer, Ignoring Atheists

Atheists Threaten Arkansas School so Citizens Pray Publicly

Louisiana Students, School Reject ACLU's Ungodly Demand

Texas School Supt. Tells Anti-prayer Atheists to Go Fly a Kite