Mandated Lord’s Prayer in Indiana Schools

Indiana Senate Bill No. 25 aims to force public school classes to recite the Lord’s Prayer in order to “recognize the importance of spiritual development.”:

In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school may require the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day. The prayer may be recited by a teacher, a student, or the class of students.

The proposed bill would allow objectors (almost certainly a minority) to leave the classroom during the recitation, inviting disapproval and bullying from other students. It’s not hard to imagine Jewish or Muslim children just sitting through the recitation so as not to single themselves out.

Of course, the whole thing is ridiculously unconstitutional and it’s hard to believe even the three Senators backing it (Jim Tomes, Dennis Kruse, and Travis Holdman) think this will even pass.

via Memo to Indiana Republicans: Reciting the Lord’s Prayer in School Won’t Make Students Better Citizens.

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