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Let the high schools pray, Sen. Storms says



Prayinghands Never one to shy from controversy, state Sen. Ronda Storms has filed a bill that would let high schools "permit the delivery of an inspirational message, including a prayer or invocation," at optional events and ceremonies.

Like student assemblies, football games and, perhaps, graduations.

The goal, according to the bill language is "to provide for the solemnization and memorialization" of such events. It takes steps to ensure that schools may still discipline students for unprotected, inappropriate and disruptive comments, as well.

But it also flies in the face of a recent federal court ruling in Santa Rosa County. Fought by the ACLU of Florida, the case ended with an order that bars the Santa Rosa district from "planning, organizing, financing, promoting, or otherwise sponsoring" religious activities, including high school baccalaureate.

Already, the Santa Rosa district has changed its ways, as the Pensacola News-Journal reported. Perhaps this bill, also filed by Panhandle Rep. Brad Drake in the House, will let them change things back.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14am]


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