Oklahoma is at it again. Their newest bill, SB 450, the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act” claims to protect religious expression.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and state reported:
“The measure would prohibit school districts from restricting what it calls a student’s ‘voluntary religious expression in the classroom.’ Under this bill, students could claim a right to proselytize fellow classmates during class and schools would have to allow students to deliver morning announcements and introduce varsity football games and any other school function ‘from a religious viewpoint.’ No matter how the bill describes school prayer, it’s still school prayer.”
The only students who will be able to force prayer are:
- President of the student council;
- Class President of the senior class, or if the school does not have a senior class, then the class president of the highest grade level of the school; and
- The captain or captains of the varsity football team.
This is all kinds of unconstitutional! This is just a blatant violation of the First Amendment. If you want to pray, do it outside of school. Those of us who are not Christian don’t need to be preached at constantly. Children in non-Christian families deserve to be able to get their education without being preached at.