Student prayer rights bill passes NC Senate

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Submitted: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 5:25pm
Updated: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 5:28pm

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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  • Challengetheworld says:

    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.

  • Guest123123 says:

    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.

  • Guest2020 says:

    As well as leaving out their THEORY of evolution.

  • Guest2020 says:

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

  • ChallengetheWorld says:

    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.

  • Guest123 says:

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

  • Erlkoenig says:

    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.

  • Vog46 says:

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


  • ChefnSurf says:

    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.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    I think that would define the word, “Disruption”.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Erlkoenig says:

    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.

  • Guest2020 says:

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

  • Guest Reply says:

    Seeing how this pertains to schools…why don’t they just allow…”Text a Prayer”?

  • Vog46 says:

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


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