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Student prayer rights bill passes NC Senate


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Legislation meant to clarify when and how student-led prayers are allowed in public schools has passed the North Carolina Senate.

The bill that passed unanimously Thursday says students can pray and express religious viewpoints as long as they don't create disruptions. It also requires school employees to show "appropriate respect" toward students who are properly exercising their rights.

Republican sponsors speaking for the bill pointed to an incident in McDowell County in which a teacher forced a student to remove religious references from a poem.

Some Democrats have questioned the need for the bill and the removal of language from a previous version of the bill explicitly forbidding the schools from establishing an official religion.

The bill now heads to the House.

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How many poster here know

How many poster here know the phrase "separation of church and state" is nowhere in the US Constitution? It originates from Thomas Jefferson explaining to a pastor that the exclusion clause was to prohibit the Feds from denying religious freedoms.

Seeing how this pertains to

Seeing how this pertains to schools...why don't they just allow..."Text a Prayer"?

Separation of Church & State

Start at Separation of Church & State. Stop at Separation of Church and State.

Collective USA is in year 2013.
North Carolina is in year 1902.

Separation of church and

Separation of church and state is not Constitutional. Freedom of religion is.

This bill would allow

This bill would allow toleration of ALL regious beliefs. I wonder if this also pertains to Wicca, etc.

This bill is not needed

There is no need for the bill because the job of the schools is not to facilitate or make concessions for religious activities. Separation of Church AND state.

If someone has a problem with that, taken your children to private religion based schooling. The school system cannot and should not be expected to cater to every single belief, view point etc. This is the job of the parents and not the government.

Cant have it both ways then.

Cant have it both ways then. No religion fine I agree with that. Must also keep out sex ed crap and and teaching tolerance for homosexuals. Should all be done at home.

As well as leaving out their

As well as leaving out their THEORY of evolution.


If a student brings prayer rug, faces Mecca 3 times during the school session we're OK with that?


I guess that would depend on

I guess that would depend on whether or not that student causes a disruption.

Islam has already received

Islam has already received special treatment in US schools. And yes it is OK. It’s even constitutional.

Keep in mind the modern day concept of Separation of Church and State comes from a KKK member (Democrat, yeah, I know redundant) turned Supreme Court Justice.


I think that would define the word, "Disruption".

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Providing students with other religious affiliations are accorded similar respect.

C'mon Vog, let's not jump on the "all Muslims are bad people" bandwagon.


Nope - not anti Muslim at all but if it's good for one religion its got to be god for all.