The governor is on the verge of signing a law that allows prayer (over the PA system, to captive students) to be led in public schools.
Led by socially conservative Republicans, the Mississippi House voted 108-6 for final passage of the bill on Wednesday, March 6. The bill, Senate Bill 2633, is meant to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public schools, however, critics see it as a thinly veiled attempt to circumvent the separation of church and state embedded in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The bill would allow certain students, to be chosen by school administrators, to pray at football games, graduations and even during morning announcements. Critics point to the obvious problems with a process that allows school administrators to select which particular student will lead the prayer before captive public school children during morning announcements or before a basketball game or other sporting event.
Bear Atwood, interim director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, points out that this bill would force students to listen to someone else's religious expression. Atwood says that's the same problem that led judges to strike down a previous Mississippi law allowing student-led prayer. According to Atwood:
"You're still using school resources and you're still holding other students as a captive audience - other students whose parents might be wishing them to learn religion in a different, a different religion, a different forum."
What do you think about Mississippi's attempt to reinstate school prayer? Should Mississippi Governor Bryant sign the controversial legislation into law? Leave a comment - express yourself.
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:24 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
tell him to bring it on.
Answer by tnm786 at 2:25 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:26 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
I think it's unconstitutional. I'm all for prayer in school, but that's why there are private schools.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 2:34 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:42 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:43 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
Answer by 3libras at 2:48 PM on Mar. 11, 2013
Answer by sahmamax2 at 3:00 PM on Mar. 11, 2013