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States of Confusion

February 11, 2014

Across the country, legislators are proposing bills that would violate Separation Of Church And State

South Carolina State Rep. Wendell Gilliard wants children to pray in public schools. A bill he has introduced would require teachers to initiate time for prayer every morning. “The compromise would be to have the students to pray to whom­ever they want to,” the Charleston Dem­o­crat said. “If they want to do away with teachers conducting the prayer that would be fine with us.

The essential part of the bill, the important part, is putting prayer back in school.”For those who don’t care to participate, Gilliard has a solution: They can leave the room and wait outside.

Sen. Gilliard doesn’t seem to feel that this is a problem, in spite of the fact that it will isolate and divide students, make those who don’t participate in the majority religion feel rejected and not part of the community, and force teachers, who are agents of the state, to initiate prayer in what is supposed to be a place of education.

Children can already pray at school if they feel so moved, as long as they are not disruptive to the educational process.  Why do some legislators feel the need to force it to happen?

See the article for more examples of proposed bills that would violate church/state separation, why they are unhealthy for everyone (religious or not), and what you can do about it.

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