Required Prayer in Alabama Schools?

Gawker Article

A key committee in Alabama’s House of Representatives has pushed through a bill requiring teachers and students at all of the state’s public schools to spend 15 minutes every morning in Christian prayer…

Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, chairwoman of the committee, said she heard more votes in favor of the bill.

“It’s what I heard as chairman,” she said.

Only McClurkin and one other Republican on the panel actually voted “aye” on the bill. Two Republicans and one Democrat insist they said “no” to the bill in the voice vote; three legislators weren’t even present for the vote. The House’s clerk told the Advertiser that “the chairman of each committee has the discretion to decide the outcome of a voice vote.”

My opinion: I don’t like to comment on religious affairs as I believe “to each his own”; but, this is a clear over-step of the Alabama government with regards to the separation between church and state. To use everyone’s favorite longest word, it appears Rep. McClurkin is a proponent of antidisestablishmentarianism.


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