Apr 17, 2013 5:01 PM by Ian Auzenne
A state representative from Monroe has introduced a bill that would require the state board of education to develop ways to allow public school students to recite the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day. Rep. Katrina Jackson's bill--House Bill 660, or the "Parental Choice Historical Prayer and Pledge Act"--also calls for the development of "a program of instruction for public schools with regard to the pilgrim fathers (sic) and the flag of the United States of America."
In her bill, Jackson says the purpose of this legislation is not to "influence an individual's personal religious beliefs in any manner." Instead, Jackson says in the bill that this legislation is part of "a continuation of the policy of teaching our country's history" and is "an affirmation of the freedom of religion in this country."
The bill states that any recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the Pledge of Allegiance would be voluntary. The bill also says that two-thirds of voters in a school district must approve the plan in an election before a school district could implement it.