For more than thirty years, Americans have been told that the government cannot express favor for one religion over another. This has been taken to mean that there is no place for those in governmental positions to express their beliefs. That means teachers and therefore pray led by teachers has been banned.
The problem with this interpretation is that it makes the First Amendment inconsistent and impossible to live out in real life. In one paragraph, we are told that there can be no law made by the government that restricts the exercise of religion. Then in the next, we have a governmental law that restricts the exercise of religion.
So, now there is a bill in South Carolina that will allow teachers to exercise their religion.
The Christian News reports:
A proposed bill in South Carolina would allow teachers to participate in times of student-led prayer and to join in on any student-led religious clubs.
H.B. 3345, sponsored by Reps. Bill Chumley, Mike Burns, and Stephen Long, was filed in the state General Assembly on December 15.
It, therefore, allows for public school teachers to join in times of student prayer if desired, or also lead a prayer if requested by students.
“A teacher employed by a public school district may express a religious viewpoint, and also may conduct or participate in any student-led prayer or student-organized prayer groups, religious clubs, or other religious gatherings organized by students of a public school,” the legislation reads.
Of course, there are those who wish to push the false understanding of the Constitution.
Christian News continues:
However, some have expressed opposition to the measure out of their belief that the move would be unconstitutional. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion (FFRF) said in a press release that the bill is really about “emboldening public school teachers to violate the law.”
“It invites public school teachers to promote their personal religious beliefs to students in the classroom and to participate in student-organized prayer events and religious clubs. Such actions would violate both the federal Equal Access Act, which sets boundaries for teacher participation in student clubs, and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which, in part, protects the rights of public school students to an education free from religious proselytization,” the organization remarked.
This line of thinking, if brought to its logical conclusion would mean that there would be no way that the teachers of these schools could never teach about history. If they do, then the students might think that a thorough treatment of Nazi Germany is a promotion of their horrible actions.
We should pray that they pass the bill and that it withstands the attack that is sure to come.
Article posted with permission from Constitution.com.