Thursday, August 9, 2007

Religious expression in public schools

Seen in my hometown paper, , the Texas Legislature has passed a law requiring school boards to enact policies allowing limited public religious expression by students. State legislators are quoted as stating that the law is intended to clarify federal and constitutional protection of religious speech, but, as the article notes, the Texas law does not merely give permission for this speech, but requires school boards to sanction an outlet/outlets for it. This year's legislature also voted to require the State Board of Education to create a state curriculum on the Bible as history/literature and the legislature voted to add the words "under God" to the pledge to the Texas flag, which school children recite daily.

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