Prayer in school is making a comeback, at least if you live in North Carolina, according to a report from The Daily Caller. Under new legislation approved by Governor Pat McCrory, students will not only be able to engage in voluntary student-led prayer, but they’ll also be allowed to mention God in assignments.
Additionally, the new law will allow students to form religious clubs and coordinate prayer groups, reports MyFox8.
“The three-page law allows students to pray either silently, out loud, alone or with others to the same extent as a student is allowed to reflect, meditate or speak on nonreligious matters,” states the news site. “The law also stipulates that students’ actions can’t disrupt the learning process, harass other students to participate or infringe on the rights of others.”
Alisha Rogers, mother to a 7-year-old boy, was pleased with the decision, noting that her son “got in trouble last week because he was talking about God to another student and the teacher didn’t like it, and he came home very upset.”
“I had to comfort him and let him know it was OK and that he could talk about him wherever he would love,” Rogers said.
The prayer in school law will take effect immediately.
Not everyone at the MyFox8 page was happy about it, though.
Wrote one commenter: “Yeah that would be because certain people on the religious front don’t understand the difference between religious freedom and separation of church and state, i.e. prayer in a taxpayer funded school. Can’t wait to see if these same people will allow wiccans and other ‘pagan’ religions to get together on school time. Let’s see how they act when the shoe is on the other foot.”
Another: “… what folks don’t connect is the fact that in breaking down the barrier between church and state means that the stage is set for other religious factions and belief systems to also gain entry. This is a useless law that codifies something that any child could have already done, but now it’s law. I am so glad the GOP has its priorities straight.”
Most were happy with the ruling, however.
“Separation of church and state is a concept that attempted to explain exactly why free speech must not be prohibited. It is not a legal term… Nothing in allowing free speech ‘establishes’ a religion. To think otherwise shows a superficial understanding of our natural rights. This law attempts to bring the debate back into balance.”
What do you think, readers? Is allowing prayer in school under the North Carolina guidelines an endorsement? Is this a good law?
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