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School prayer bill makes it out of Senate committee

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has approved a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.

Senate Bill 2633, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Elllisville, was approved by the committee yesterday. A similar bill is pending in the House.

It suggests naming events including morning announcements, football games and graduations as “limited public forums” choosing students to speak at each. The bill says schools can’t punish students who pray, and sponsors say the aim is to promote such prayer.

The bill bans teachers from penalizing students for expressing religious views in schoolwork. It requires allowing students to organize prayer groups and religious clubs and allowing outside religious groups to use school facilities in the same way as nonreligious groups.


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  1. It seems Mississippi wants to be even more backward and retarded, more of a joke, than it already is. Laws such as this warp the education process. Religion belongs in churches and private homes — if anywhere — not in places of public education. They damn well better allow Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist prayers as well.

  2. Nadine Brasier

    Countries around the world have always been founded on some type of religion or other practice, good or bad. Taking prayer from our schools in the first place was against our constitution and everything for which our founding fathers stood. Compare the success of America with the success of countries around the world in say, the last 200 years. What stood out? Our God! On the contrary, we are becoming a backward nation because of declining morals and values.
    The education process began as follows: Education In America. http://www.utmost-way.com/wtdwytk1.htm
    Public compulsory education as we know it today did not begin to exist until the 1840s. … .Prior to the introduction of public education with compulsory attendance, Americans were probably the most literate people in the world. Supported by the local communities, their law required the creation of what was called common schools. The common schools were the original public schools founded in New England and the adjoining areas that were created in the early days of the Puritan commonwealth as a means of insuring the faith from one generation to the next. The high literacy in America at that time came from the fact that Biblical authority required a high degree of Biblical literacy and this allowed the public to create a system of education leading to a manageable and moral social order. How could the Constitution improve on that? ……….Excerpted from Samuel L. Blumefield’s book NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education.
    Do we need a manageable and moral social order now? You bet we do! Jehovah God is where our help comes from……….has been and always will be. History proves it.

  3. The bill serves the religious majority in Mississippi. Also it does not help students whose main interest is academic pursuits in an educational setting.

    Nadine, I scanned through your text. Are you even talking about Mississippi?

  4. Nadine you are clueless.

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