This is an exciting event for me because I grew up in a time where my first grade teacher still allowed us to have morning prayer. (The late 70's). This bill doesn't allow someone to push a religion but it allows students to initiate prayer, to be able to talk about God in assignments, and to exercise first amendment rights at ball games, graduations, and even in class.
This New bill allows these children to have the right to choose without either side pushing their views or agendas. American Family Radio interviewed the Governor yesterday on its 10:00 a.m. "Todays issues" program and a web cast of the interview can be found on their site at www.afr.net. American Family Radio is Christian based radio without all of the smut and includes both Christian music, and Christian talk shows and commentary. Their station can be found at 91.7 F.M.
I feel it is time for the government to allow more laws like this one that puts the choices back in the peoples hands and not some group or individual who has some outlandish view point. It is so sad when you turn on the radio and you hear story after story where some child wasn't able to include God in their speech for graduation even though it was the student him or herself who worked hard, and made the grades to become valedictorian or salutatorian. It makes the event sad because some group who doesn't even attend the school, or some parent whose child did not make it starts the hogwash. Then the poor student who made it has the horrible memory of not being able to speak freely or to present their speech as they had desired to. Its a sad thing in my opinion than an adults bias can ruin a special and once in a lifetime event because they don't like or don't want something.
I applaud Governor Phil Bryant for wanting even his youngest constitutes to be able to have the freedom to have a voice and to share their heart felt feelings with their fellow student body. He also wants them to be able to exercise their first amendment rights. If we don't remind future generations of their rights, they could be lost. I believe not only does the governor want to leave this bill to help future generations but he also wants to leave it as his legacy. I believe he wants to be remembered for something positive and that's a good thing. Some Politicians leave the office and all the public has is a negative viewpoint of their time in office.
I am hoping this will help other states to establish similar laws to help students. Students deserve the right to have a voice and the freedom to express themselves. This bill also helps other students of different religions/etc be able to express themselves.
Please check the bill out in its entirety at the Governors website www.governorbryant.com .