Skip to comments.North Carolina Students Can Now Pray At School, Mention God In Assignments
Posted on 06/28/2014 5:01:40 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, has signed legislation that will explicitly allow students in public schools across the state to engage in voluntary student-led prayer.
The new law permits students to create religious clubs and coordinate prayer groups, reports North Carolina Fox affiliate WGHP.
The three-page law also allows students to pray by themselves or in groups aloud or silently in exactly the same way they can discuss or think silently about any other issue.
Additionally, students will be able to communicate their religious beliefs in written assignments and artwork under the new law without fear of censorship from teachers or school officials.
The legislation does set limits on prayer and God talk at taxpayer-funded schools. Religious students wont be able to interrupt other students who are trying to learn, for example. They also cant harass nonreligious students.
The law, which takes effect immediately, sailed through North Carolinas House and Senate chambers with overwhelming support. In the Senate, the vote was 48-1. In the lower chamber, it was 106-9.
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FINALLY - a STATE exercising its RIGHTS! May many follow this lead.
It's long past time to push back on the left's assault on religious expression in public schools and elsewhere. This is a great start that we can hope will encourage other states to consider similar common-sense legislation pertaining to the right of public school students to reference God in their essays or form voluntary religious clubs devoted to prayer, worship and good works.
The secular left has had it their way for decades as religious expression was forbidden in public schools as if it were toxic. I believe our nation has been diminished because of their 'success'. Let's fight back!
Now THIS is a B.F.D.!
The North Carolina bill is the kind of legislation that is needed in every state, said Bill Donohue, who heads the Catholic League, in a press release. To that end, we are contacting the governors in the other 49 states asking them to adopt the North Carolina law as a model in their own state. We are also sending them a copy of the law that Governor McCrory signed.
If conservatives/Christians/normal people were half as engaged and organized as homosexuals and their supporters, the country wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now.
The CPUSA and the NAALCP will be deeply upset.
It amazes me that a state has to make a special law to give people constitutionally-protected rights. I thought that was the whole point of the Constitution.
By that, I mean the constitution still acts on the states, yet the states are no longer in the government to secure their interests.
Some teachers had given students a hard time for making God the subject matter of essays.
This would get them to go easier, though I am not sure how a Christian teacher might react if a Muslim student extolled Allah in an essay. Though I’m sure that teacher would find it more possible to be objective (it’s about the use of language, not the topic) than a Muslim teacher looking at an essay extolling Jesus from a classic Christian perspective.
That did majorly factor out the state governments. They had their own vices which was why the 17th was viewed as a reform. But they had virtues too. Ultimately no political arrangement can itself enforce virtue.
They can’t enforce virtue but they sure can destroy it.
Without God in the picture, a move in ANY direction will “destroy virtue.”
Exactly. And I remember the dems booing God.
I love this. How sad that legislation has to be passed on this. We really have gone backwards overall in the country. Thank you North Carolina! May God bless you in 2014 when you get rid of Senator Hagan for Senator Tellis. If every state acted as North Carolina since 2012, our country would be absolutely incredible and on it’s way to recovering from the liberal slide.
Maybe God is getting ready to boo them back.
I have been teaching in NC for the past 9 years and have always encouraged my students to express their views — including those based on faith/God/religion etc. For students of faith to be shut out of the “national conversation” is, to me, so typically liberal - and unconstitutional (was I redundant there?) I have always fostered a climate where my students of faith can feel comfortable expressing their views. I have had moments where I’ve counseled those same students who were grieving or experiencing troubles and, at those moments of hurt or doubt, I’ve made use of scripture and prayer. They know I am a christian (I assume that is exactly why they’ve chosen to speak with me on such matter). My counsel has not only been invited, but sought out. To do otherwise, to limit my speech at those times is to let these students founder; to fail to offer instruction for the soul. I’m a teacher. I instruct the whole child.
I teach American Lit. to my 11th graders and make no apologies for covering those writings that express Christian (and STRONGLY held Christian) beliefs. Don’t see how you can do justice to American Lit. without doing so. British Lit. (which I teach to my Seniors) is the same thing. You are not teaching Beowulf, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Romantic and Victorian era poetry without getting into some serious discussion about the God of the Bible (that’s why I love my job!)
The history of literature can BEST be understood by the existence and then subsequent removal of God from the pages of literature. So, too, our world today. My students leave our classes understanding that the history of humanity indicates there has always been movement by men and women that fluctuates toward and, more usually, away from their Creator.
Yep - I may be optimistic, but I think we will start to see more and more of this type push back. It has finally become crystal clear to a large sector that they intend to take absolute control over the People and if we don't begin an actual movement, we are doomed.
Not only literature, but music and art as well. You can’t leave God out and really teach these subjects.
Boy, you are so right! Sometimes I wonder if real persecution wouldn’t be a good thing for American Christendom. Anyway, this is where we will win the battle if we ever will for our nation. Without a real religious revival that changes the fabric of our culture, and inclines our hearts back to the Lord we are doomed.
“Federal District judge overturns North Carolina law allowing student led school prayer - cites “unconstitutionality” and “offense to minorities”. “
(any bets on how long before we read the above headline, or a variation thereof?)
It was not so much the 17th Amendment, but creation of the ever-expanding entitlements programs by which states prostituted their responsibilities in exchange for easy Federal loot.
I take back anything bad I ever said about Pat McCrory.
Biology - Show the computer animations of the DNA replication process and then ask students, "Explain how this happened by random assemblage of atoms. Then explain WHY it started and continues to function.
'Billions and Billions of years' is an incomplete answer. "
Fundamentally, it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a religiously neutral school. Why? Answer: Because such a philosophic state of neutrality can not exist in the mind of any human.
This action by the state legislature is NOT religiously neutral. Why?
1) All of the students who are in the government single-payer school under threat of police action have had their right to free association violated by the government. While in this prison-like environment, they will be subjected to religious worldviews of others that they and their families find repugnant. Don't be surprised when Muslims, atheists, gays, and Satanists take every opportunity within the law to impose their religious worldview on their fellow student captives.
2) It is NOT religiously neutral for the government to dictate free speech and expression of religion, and this law does exactly that!
The CPUSA and the NAALCP
No...They are rejoicing. They will take every opportunity to use the law against the Christian students who are imprisoned in the government’s K-12 single-payer schools. Bet on it!
The **only** solution is to get government OUT of all aspects of schooling. Begin the process of fully privatizing K-12 schooling in this nation.
As an ever-skeptic that any good can happen in a public schooling system, your take is understandable. That does not make it any less tendentious.
My take: It’s better to have a Mars Hill than to have a stifled silence. But Christian families now have a challenge. They cannot let children go unprepared. Evangelistic opportunities await and should be well exploited.
Supreme Court prays and displays the Ten Commandments. Our money says “In God We Trust”.
While I am pleased with this small step, I believe America has made her bed. We are way past the slippery slope.
The entitlements were inevitable when both houses of congress were elected by popular vote.
I can’t help but wonder if Gov. Pat McCrory is a NASCAR fan. Prayers before races is a must in NASCAR.
Re: Evangelistic opportunities
Evangelism works both ways. Remember. The children will be evangelized by the godless curriculum and their Marxist trained teachers ( nearly all teachers in the nation have been trained by Marxists.). And....Did Christ send children out to preach the gospel or mature men?
The only solution that abides by the Constitution and freedom of conscience is to begin the process of privatizing all K-12 schooling.
I’d bet He is but keeps it fairly hush unlike some pols that just try to use it for political gain. I find it ABSURD that there even has to be such a law.
I know. I wonder how long until Freedom From Religion gets that stopped. The U.S. Army sponsors a car, therefore the federal government is endorsing religion.
That was part of it but the left convinced them that it was dehumanizing for people to have to ask for help. The givers would judge them and make them feel bad. The Left wanted to make them permanent wards of the State.
Didn't the House of Representatives recently try to pass a law saying Obama has to obey the law?
I’m confused. They weren’t allowed to do this before? Was this North Carolina or China?