Maryland, Support Prayer in Public Schools

PETITION TO THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Maryland, Support Prayer in Public Schools

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Maryland, Support Prayer in Public Schools

The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow public school students to pray openly at school-sponsored events. The Maryland Ways and Means Committee is currently considering this legislation. Please urge them to pass this bill out of committee! 

This legislation stands in contrast to anti-Christian trends in public schools across the nation. We must stand together to affirm the rights of Christian students to live out their faith on campus.

HB0955 would allow “nonsectarian student-initiated voluntary prayer during mandatory and voluntary school-sponsored student events.” The purpose of this legislation is to protect students’ right to speech and free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, voluntary prayer in public areas must be protected.

 “I believe we have a lot of young people today that are Christian young people that would really like to pray and express their faith,” says the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-Baltimore County). “We’ve tried everything else at our public schools, why not God?”

Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of the American legal system. In the last few months, many school districts have steeply curtailed freedom of religion on campus. The Harrison County School Board in West Virginia recently banned students from praying at school-sponsored events; two schools in Fairfield County, Ohio, have banned Church-led Bible studies after hours on campus; and an

Illinois public school district has placed a ban on coach-led prayers.

We need to affirm religious liberty on campus. Freedom to express religion should not merely be tolerated—it should be understood as an inherent, natural right deserving our vehement support. 

Please stand with Christian public school students and allow prayer on campus.

Further Resources:

http://pureflixinsider.com/2016/03/md-considers-bill-to-ok-student-prayer-in-schools/

http://www.wbaltv.com/politics/bill-would-allow-prayer-at-schoolsponsored-events/38217198

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/hb/hb0955f.pdf

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/02/27/maryland-legislator-wants-to-force-kids-to-listen-to-christian-prayers-at-mandatory-school-events/

http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2016/03/09/6-religious-freedom-so-far-in-2016/ 

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Allow Prayer in Public Schools

Dear Maryland Ways and Means Committee,

It has come to my attention that you are considering legislation that would allow public school students to pray openly at school-sponsored events. Please pass this legislation out of committee.

HB0955 would allow “nonsectarian student-initiated voluntary prayer during mandatory and voluntary school-sponsored student events.” The purpose of this legislation is to protect students’ right to speech and free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, voluntary prayer in public areas must be protected. 

Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of the American legal system. Freedom to express religion should not merely be tolerated—it should be understood as an inherent, natural right deserving of our vehement support.

Please stand with Christian public school students and allow prayer on campus.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Maryland, Support Prayer in Public Schools

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