Prayer appears to return to American public schools after a 2000 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court prohibiting student-led prayers over public address systems at school events. Thanks to a new law in Mississippi, schools will need to adopt policy that allows for student-led prayer in a variety of venues. While the law has been applauded by many, it has also received plenty of opposition, as well as hints of a future lawsuit.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a new law that allows students in Mississippi schools to pray at school events, over school intercoms and before school athletic contests. All prayers issued by students must be accompanied by a disclaimer, stating the prayer is not endorsed by the school district. Governor Bryant explains that the purpose of the new law is to protect religious freedom in public schools in his state.
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee was quoted in the New York Times as saying shortly after the Newtown school shooting left dead at the school twenty students and six adults. “Should we be surprised that schools become places of carnage?”
The law is not the first of its kind in the United States. Last year, Missouri approved an amendment to the state constitution that allows residents of the state to acknowledge and pray to God in public schools. South Carolina also introduced legislation that would allow for a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day that would allow students to pray if they choose. Virginia as a similar amendment to Mississippi’s working through the legislative process at this time.
Bear Atwood, legal director for the Mississippi ACLU, told the New York Times, “People never think, what if it’s a different religious prayer than my child’s faith?” Atwood also indicated that the new law may be proven unconstitutional if it leads to proselytizing from a public school forum. Although Atwood was not present at the bill signing, she believes the law “has serious constitutional issues.” She explained that while the ACLU will not be filing a lawsuit against local school districts right away, she believes a lawsuit will be filed in the future.
However, Governor Ryan has stated in the media that his state is prepared to fight any potential lawsuit filed against the bill. He told the New York Times that he would “be honored” to spend taxpayer dollars to defend the religious freedoms of the residents of his state. He also stated that he believes the state is on firm legal ground in providing the opportunity for limited religious expression in public schools.
The law will go into effect in July of this year, which may be the time when the ACLU decides to take action. At that time, many eyes are sure to be on Mississippi as the state becomes a prototype in the pursuit of prayer in public schools.
America has a heavy load of complex problems to resolve including social unrest and warfare. The Supreme Court has expelled God from school and implicitly has replaced Him with Satan, because there is no spiritual vacuum. Satan loved it!
The Supreme Court’s decision has contributed to the engineering of the American demise. Some goodwill citizens have now realized that no human leader can resolve our social woes and only an omniscient and omnipotent being can aid us in the process. America would revoke its Alliance with Satan and restore the American Alliance with God… IN GOD WE TRUST… and school districts should create a comprehensive prayer to God and excuse from the prayer students and teachers uncomfortable with the prayer.