Lawmaker wants religious liberties honored in schools - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Lawmaker wants religious liberties honored in schools

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Known as the religious liberties bill, its author, Senator Chris McDaniel says it will simply uphold a child's first amendment right to freedom of religion and speech.

"These children do not give up their rights when they walk into the schoolhouse doors. They have every right to express those beliefs," said McDaniel, a republican from Ellisville.

McDaniel says the bill is not a way to mandate state or school sponsored beliefs but rather to clarify what students are allowed to express under the protection of the Constitution, whatever their religious beliefs may be.

McDaniel says, "Naturally, a religious expression could be anything that touches on any religious individual or any religious sentiment. That's pretty easy to see."

Whether through silent prayer, religious pendants or a book report on a religious figure, McDaniel says too often those expressions of religion are being suppressed because school leaders don't understand the ramifications of religious based court cases.

"What we don't want is just the over reaction from administrators where they just say, well anything religious can't be discussed because it can be discussed and these kids have rights and those rights have to be protected," said McDaniel.

From a reflection standpoint, Senator Hillman Frazier is behind a bill that would mandate a moment of silence in all schools. Currently state law allows school districts to decide. Frazier says he just wants to open a conversation and filed the bill on behalf of those he represents.

"We try to make sure that we address the needs of our constituents an when they have issues, try to accommodate them," said Frazier, a democrat from Jackson.

Both lawmakers say even if a form of religious expression may be offensive, it's still a right. To keep the peace, McDaniel's bill includes a provision that would allow school administrators to regulate or control religious expression or speech if it becomes disruptive.

"All we're trying to do is to make sure that these kids exercise their rights. That is a bill all Mississippians should be able to get behind no matter your religious affiliation," said McDaniel.

Copyright 2012 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • LOCALMore>>

  • EVSC, EPD, Mayor address online school threats

    EVSC, EPD, Mayor address online school threats

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-20 04:55:00 GMT
    EVSC officials held a joint news conference with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and EPD Chief Billy Bolin about online school threats.EVSC officials held a joint news conference with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and EPD Chief Billy Bolin about online school threats.

    Late Monday evening, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation held a joint news conference with Evansville Police and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressing recent online school threats. Their message is to ensure parents and students that the school district is working closely with local law enforcement agencies to keep students safe. "Every threat is taken seriously," Mayor Winnecke said. "The partnership between law enforcement and our school systems could not be st...

    More >>

    Late Monday evening, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation held a joint news conference with Evansville Police and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressing recent online school threats. Their message is to ensure parents and students that the school district is working closely with local law enforcement agencies to keep students safe. "Every threat is taken seriously," Mayor Winnecke said. "The partnership between law enforcement and our school systems could not be st...

    More >>
  • Coroner: human remains found in Henderson Co.

    Coroner: human remains found in Henderson Co.

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:07 PM EST2018-02-20 04:07:43 GMT
    (WFIE)(WFIE)

    Henderson's coroner tells us the remains found in rural Henderson County, near Corydon, have been confirmed to be human.

    More >>

    Henderson's coroner tells us the remains found in rural Henderson County, near Corydon, have been confirmed to be human.

    More >>
  • Increase in school threats causing fear and disruptions; Henderson Co. officials address threat rumors

    Increase in school threats causing fear and disruptions; Henderson Co. officials address threat rumors

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:03 PM EST2018-02-20 01:03:30 GMT
    Threat investigation at Castle North and South Middle Schools (WFIE)Threat investigation at Castle North and South Middle Schools (WFIE)

    Authorities are investigating a social media message that caused a lockout situation at Castle North and South middle schools. At 3:30 p.m. Henderson County School officials and the Henderson Police Department will hold a press conference to address recent threat rumors.

    More >>

    Authorities are investigating a social media message that caused a lockout situation at Castle North and South middle schools. At 3:30 p.m. Henderson County School officials and the Henderson Police Department will hold a press conference to address recent threat rumors.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly