Louisiana AG Releases New Guidance Telling Students They Can Pray Freely in School!
Jeff Landry Louisiana’s Attorney General and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., have teamed up to produce a 15-page guidance that sets to reduce the “confusion” about the religious freedom rights of students and teachers in public schools.
The guidance states that even though the U.S. Supreme Court has held that neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” there still seems to be a dark cloud or grey area about the First Amendment rights in public schools.
Although schools have to maintain a level of neutrality towards religious matters, that doesn’t mean that students must be forced to withhold from engaging in their faith while on school grounds.
On Monday, both the Republican politicians who both happen to also be lawyers, released the Louisiana Student Rights Review, a document that will aim to give guidance on prayer and religious expression in public schools. The guidance denounces the notion that public schools in the United States must be “religion-free zones.”
“To the contrary, both federal and state laws specifically protect religious freedom rights in public schools,” the document states. “Thankfully, Congress and our state legislature still recognise the fundamental importance of religious liberty — the first freedom listed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.”
This is something positive as the document asserts that students are free to pray, read their Bible, discuss their faith and invite others to religious events during non-instructional time in school because all are a forms of speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.
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