Leaders from Legislative Clergy Council and a group of students from Morehouse College demonstrated on the Georgian state capitol steps to show support for the State House Bill 816.
The State House Bill 816 related to secondary and elementary education provides for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools. It also provides that local school systems shall allow religious expression in class assignments, shall provide students with the freedom to organize religious groups and activities, a limited public forum for student speakers at non graduation and graduation events, a model policy for voluntary religious expression in public schools, to provide for related matters and to repeal conflicting laws.
LCC spokesperson Sabrina McKenize said it’s a bill “that supports prayer back in schools and we are advocating on behalf of Georgia children.”
“If you don’t think prayer is the answer, then what is the answer?” she asked.
“In 1962, the Supreme Court made this ruling and what we’ve noticed since the Supreme Court ruling is that there has been an increase in violence, murder, and teen pregnancy,” McKenzie said.
“The children are our ‘today’ and our ‘tomorrow’ and we should allow them to know there is a God who cares,” she said.
One of the demonstrators, Carter Polston, a senior at Morehouse College studying religion, said, “Although I’m a
Christian minister and my brothers are Christian ministers, we want to make it clear that everybody does not communicate with God the way we do.”
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will fight the bill.
Religious freedom has been at stake in U.S for quite some years now. Christians have been facing persecution in U.S that’s different, yet equally distressing if compared to the persecution Christians in other continents are facing.