Indiana Senator introduces school prayer bill.

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*

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    When Republicans are on a committee, invert the expected mission of the committee.

  • Trent

    Dennis is to reason and constitutionality what Batman is to crime-fighting in Detroit. (That said, I’d much rather hang out with Batman.)

  • Glodson

    It is too bad that Zombie Jesus didn’t say anything about public prayer in that bestseller fictional book, the Bible.

    • John Horstman

      He did! He said that… oh, wait, that was sarcastic. :-)

  • IslandBrewer

    The rules for charter schools differs from district to district and state to state, and so sources of funding for charter schools might be different in Indiana than here in California. However, the nearby charter schools here in the SF Bay Area often qualify and receive some Federal Funds, and are compliant with the Equal Access Act just out of decorum (‘cuz that’s how we roll, yo). We may have a state statute that tracks the federal one, too. I’ll have to go check that.

    The operative difference between the Equal Access Act and the Constitutional requirements may be that the Equal Access Act is explicitly triggered by receiving Federal Funds, while the constitutional requirement is simply triggered by a school receiving any government funding, be it state, district, county, or municipal funding. At least that’s my read on it.

    Oooh, good question to ask Anne!

  • fwtbc

    *forced, awkward laugh that quickly devolves into cynical tears*

    I believe that’s commonly referred to as a lolsob. The fact a shorthand term for such exists is lolsob worthy in itself.

  • Calvin Baxter Sr.

    In this time and day, our childern need protection. Put prayer back in school.