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Proposed Miss bill would allow religious expression

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Mississippi Senate Bill 2633, that would make it okay for students to pray in school, has made it out of the Senate Education Committee and a similar bill is in the House.
The proposed law would allow students to express their religious views in a number of ways.

It's known as the Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013 and provides for freedom of religious expression by students in schoolwork.

MORE: Miss House Education Committee OKs school prayer bill
MORE: Mississippi Senate Bill 2633 (introduced)

Though most are overwhelmingly positive about the bill, some felt that the proposed bill could open up the schools to lawsuits. They also questioned which religions should be openly expressed.

If the bill passes it would  protect students who organize religious groups and activities from discrimination. The wording in the proposed Student Religious Liberties Act  says a student cannot be discriminated against for expressing religious viewpoints in school forums or at sporting events.

The proposed measure says that it is okay for a student or student speaker to express religious viewpoints at graduation events or other school events, and that the student's viewpoint is not the viewpoint of the school district.

Some Mississippi House and Senate members are going so far as to call this the "Mississippi Prayer Encouragement Bill."

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