A Senator in the state of Indiana has just introduced legislation that could allow some schools to have a mandatory recitation of the lord’s prayer.
The bill, introduced on the first day of the new legislative session by Republican Senator Dennis Krause, outlines Kruse’s reasoning for requiring school prayer:
“In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school may require the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day. The prayer may be recited by a teacher, a student, or the class of students.”
The article says it would unquestionably run afoul of the Constitution, but I’m not so sure as the rules for charter schools are different (I know, for a fact, that the Equal Access Act does not apply to them). All the same, the bill has been assigned to the committee where bills go to die, so I”m not terribly worried.
But here’s the kicker:
This is not the first time Sen. Dennis Kruse, a Republican who also happens to chair the Senate education committee, has tried to inject Christianity into public schools. Last year, he led a push to introduce creationism into the science curriculum, and when that failed he tried to pass a bill that would have required teachers to provide “some kind of research to support that what they are teaching is true or not true.”
He’s the chair of the education committee. *forced, awkward laugh that quickly devolves into cynical tears*