Saturday, January 04, 2014

Democrats Want School Prayer Law in South Carolina

House Bill 3526, which is sponsored mostly by South Carolina Democrat legislators, requires a mandatory period in public schools wherein teachers can lead students in prayer.

For background, click headlines below for previous articles:

Public Prayer OKd by Liberal, Kansas School Board

Prayer in School Becomes Law in Louisiana

Law Brings Prayer Back to North Carolina Schools

Prayer Returns to Mississippi Schools: New Law

Missouri Votes to Bring Prayer Back to School

Legislators Put Prayer Back in Florida Schools

Tennessee Law Lets Teachers Pray with Students

Texas Law Tells Schools to Ignore Atheist Threats

UPDATE 1/22/14: Virginia Lawmakers Counter Atheists with School Prayer Bill

UPDATE 2/4/14: Indiana Protects Christmas from Atheists' Lawsuits

UPDATE 2/13/14: Repeating Congressional Prayers in Alabama Schools

UPDATE 4/6/14: Mississippi Religious Liberty Law Infuriates Liberals

UPDATE 4/5/14: Tennessee Democrats & Republicans Pass Religious Liberty for Schools

UPDATE 7/8/14: Democrat Missouri Gov. Signs Religious Liberty Law for Schools

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-- From "South Carolina Democrats Back School Prayer Bill" by Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post 1/2/14

The measure, originally introduced last spring, would require schools to provide a moment of silence each day, during which teachers would be allowed to lead students in prayer. Under the legislation, students who do not wish to participate in prayer would be allowed to leave the classroom.

While the bill was initially introduced in February by Democratic Reps. Wendell Gilliard, Robert Williams, Joseph Jefferson, Carl Anderson, Bill Clyburn, Lonnie Hosey, Robert Ridgeway III and Republican Reps. Liston Barfield, Heather Ammons Crawford and Don Wells, the measure has since stalled in the state House's judiciary committee.

According to Gilliard, the lawmakers hope to work around [limits imposed by court rulings] by compromising on whether the teachers lead the prayer, telling WCIV [TV] that students may "pray to whomever they want to."

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From "South Carolina Lawmakers Renew Push for Silent Prayer in Public Schools" by Heather Clark, Christian News Network 1/3/14

“All schools shall provide for a minute of mandatory silence at the beginning of each school day, during which time the teacher may deliver a prayer, provided the school allows a student to leave the classroom if the student does not want to listen to or participate in the prayer,” the bill outlines.

Representative Gilliard told local television station WVCIV-TV that he felt the language of the bill was workable to somehow introduce prayer back into public schools.

Official school prayer was first banned in America in 1962 in the Supreme Court decision of Engle v. Vitale, which involved a case out of Hyde Park, New York. Prior to the ruling, students were led in a scripted prayer every morning, which read, “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”

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Also read South Carolina School Ensures Prayer Freedom Despite Lawsuit 

In addition, read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

Because of the intimidation tactics of atheist lawyer organizations, state governments across America are educating its citizens on constitutional religious liberty by passing laws in Texas, and Louisiana, and North Carolina, and South Carolina, and Missouri, and Mississippi, and Florida, and Tennessee.

To read the latest attacks on Christian prayer by atheists, click label "PRAYER" below: