It should have never been a question. It was a right guaranteed by the Constitution. That a state had to pass a bill restating this right is ridiculous. But, it has now once again been said that students can exercise their religion on public school campuses.
Christian News reports
The Indiana Senate has passed a bill meant to protect religious expression in public schools.
H.B. 1024 passed 44-5 on Thursday despite opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“House Bill 1024 only puts prayer back into schools. It does not mandate or force students to participate in it,” said sponsor Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis. “It is giving Hoosiers the ability to express their faith without fearing discrimination.”
“It also brings clarification to the First Amendment, which allows people to practice their faith. However, it restricts you from forcing your faith on others,” he said.
“Public school students may pray or engage in religious activities or religious expressions 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,” the legislation reads in part.
This will be an encouragement for Christian students to be more active in their school. They can now express their hopes and fears. They should be free to promote Christian values now.
The students now can act according to their conscience and now without fear of retaliation or litigation by nonbelievers. This is an assurance that should be to all of the students and faculty as taking a job never negates our basic rights.
But, even if this only applies to the children, it is a step in the right direction.