Express religious or political viewpoints in classroom, homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination or penalty based on the religious or political content of the submissions.
Isn’t that great? The kiddies can fill their homework with all the neat science they learned at Hambo’s Creation Museum.
As some of you expected, the state of Kentucky has passed that thing into law. At the website of WTVQ, the ABC-affiliated television station in Lexington, Kentucky, we read: Gov. Bevin signs SB 17, protecting religious expression in public schools.
The headline says it all. To be certain, we checked the state legislature’s link to follow the status and history of Senate Bill 17. We already knew it had been passed by the state Senate. No doubt about it — the legislature’s website informs us that the bill was passed the state House by a 81-8 vote, and then signed by the Governor on 16 March.
The TV station doesn’t say much else. This is the rest of their story:
The bill prevents school officials from regulating student organizations, including the selection of members and “doctrines and principles.”
It does a lot more than that. Among other things, it allows students to:
Access public secondary school facilities during noninstructional time as a member of a religious student organization for activities that may include prayer, Bible reading, or other worship exercises to the same extent that members of nonreligious student organizations are permitted access during noninstructional time …
Here’s the TV station’s final sentence:
LGBT advocates say the bill could give student groups a license to discriminate.
We hadn’t considered that aspect of the bill. Anyway, with Florida considering similar legislation — see Florida Bills Allow Religion in Public Schools — bills like this could become a trend.
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