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Kentucky lawmakers are closer to allowing students to express their religious beliefs
Students who attend public schools in Kentucky are closer to being able to express their personal religious beliefs even when they are on school property.

The bill to allow religion in schools was passed in the Senate with minimal opposition. From a total of 34 respondents, 31 voted to pass the bill. Three Senators opposed the motion. The bill stated the guidelines to be set for all public schools within Kentucky and would allow all students of public schools to express personal religious beliefs. This bill also permits the public schools of the state to hosts programs and plays which advance learning. Due stress will be put on the religious aspect and cultural heritage of society.

The bill does not affect children alone. It also provides the teachers the veritable license to use the Bible to teach religious history. The schools, at their discretion, could also permit allowing school play performances which promote a tangible religious or cultural heritage. This bill will be sent to House for due approval.

Many parents have expressed support for this bill. Tammy Collins, a resident of Lexington, said “I believe that’s a good thing because everyone needs to learn about religion and God.” Similar sentiment was echoed by Lynise Brent, also of Lexington, “I think that would be beneficial. I think it would teach more tolerance, people just understanding different peoples and ethnic beliefs.”

The bill itself comes after a school in Eastern Kentucky cut a number of religious passages from the school’s performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” last year.

The bill, however, has its share of detractors. A large number of people, including American Civil Liberties Union representatives of Kentucky say this bill could create problems. “This bill could stray from people, from instructors teaching to actually preaching which could really be problematic for students who are maybe of a minority faith,” said a representative from Kentucky’s ACLU.

The bill well be sent to House of Representatives and if passed, it will be signed by the governor, thus becoming law.

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