Religion News: Bill passes to allow religion in schools in Kentucky
Feb 16, 2017 1:01 AM - WEEK IN RELIGION Students wishing to express their personal religious beliefs in school could soon be allowed to in Kentucky after the state senate passed a bill that would allow all public school students to share their beliefs while on school property. The bill passed the senate with a 31-3 vote and would also permit Kentucky public schools to host religious programs and plays which advance learning. The bill would also give teachers the license to use the Bible to teach religious history and the schools -- at their discretion -- could also permit school play performances which promote a tangible religious or cultural heritage. The bill came about after a school in Eastern Kentucky removed religious passages from he school's performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" last year. Although the bill is supported by many Kentucky parents, American Civil Liberties Union representatives of Kentucky said the bill could lead to teachers "preaching" instead of instructing. The bill will now move to the Kentucky House of Representatives for approval.