An Alabama state legislator has submitted a bill that would require every teacher to read a prayer before school every day — but it would be a prayer that was said by a Congressional chaplain, so that makes it merely “historical” rather than religious. Right.
Teachers in Alabama classrooms would be required to read a Congressional prayer every day under a bill filed in the state Legislature.
“If Congress can open with a prayer, and the state of Alabama Legislature can, I don’t see why schools can’t,” said Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, the bill’s sponsor.
Hurst’s bill would require schools to set aside the first portion of the first class period every day “for study of the formal procedures followed by U.S. Congress,” which must include “a reading verbatim of one of the opening prayers” given at the opening of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.
Hurst said the bill would help students learn more about history and civics.
“They could read the prayer from the day war was declared in World War II,” he said. “They could read the prayer the day after Sept. 11.”
The bill would limit the daily instruction on congressional procedures to 15 minutes per day. That instruction could include teaching about other procedures of Congress, but would always include the reading of a prayer.
Here’s the language of the bill itself:
Section 1. At the commencement of the first class of each day in all grades in all public schools, the teacher in charge of the room in which such class is held shall, for a period of time not exceeding 15 minutes, instruct the class in the formal procedures followed by the United States Congress. The study shall include, but not be limited to, a reading verbatim of one of the opening prayers given by the House or Senate Chaplain or a guest member of the clergy at the beginning of a meeting of the House of Representatives or the Senate.
They keep coming up with new ways to get around the First Amendment because they are absolutely obsessed with getting their religion into public schools, by any means necessary.