Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Jones County) said he filed “The Religious School Liberties Act of 2013” because he’s tired of teachers and administrators acting overly aggressive towards your kids when they try to express their first amendment rights. “I don’t think they do it purposely. I think what happens is that people are overcautious about some of the Supreme Court rulings that have come down over the last several years.”
One example he said, is when a student wanted to write an essay about Jesus Christ. “And the teacher led the child away from that; did not think it was appropriate. I don’t think the teacher was being anti-religious. I think the teacher was being hyper-cautious about what perhaps she though was allowed and what’s not allowed,” he said. “But the reality is that is very much allowed.”
McDaniel says he bill would clarify for teachers exactly what is allowed under the law, and would also put prayer back in schools.