Prayer Back In the Schools
The House Education Policy Committee passes a bill by a voice vote that would require teachers to recite Christian prayers in public schools every day, even though the majority of members did not vote for it. The bill, sponsored by Representative Steve Hurst of Munford, would require teachers to spend no more than 15 minutes reading opening prayers. The committee also passed a religious expression bill, sponsored by Representative Mack Butler of Rainbow City. The Alabama Civil Liberties Union Alabama said at last week’s public hearing that the Congressional prayer bill is unconstitutional and will put school boards at risk of lawsuits.