The new law says all Mississippi school districts must allow students to talk about their faith in the classroom and organize school Bible clubs, as well as pray at football games, graduation ceremonies, and during morning announcement.
The policy must include a disclaimer that such student speech "does not reflect the endorsement, sponsorship, position or expression of the district."
Bryant stated, "We believe that we're on firm ground here with our opportunity for religious expression in a limited forum within public schools. That does not mean that they won't file a lawsuit, and we'll see how that comes out for us."
In response to any legal objections, Bryant answered, "If we've got to spend taxpayers' money, I think we would be honored to spend it in defending religious freedoms for the people of the state of Mississippi."
The Rev. David D. Tipton Jr., superintendent for the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church, explained there are barriers to religious expression in public schools.
"We have listened to the argument of the separation of church and state too long, and those barriers, I believe, is a facade with a certain agenda that has actually I think brought our nation to the peril that it is in. So, yes, there are barriers there that a person or a child is afraid to speak anything related to God or Jesus because of lawsuits and things like that. So I think this piece of legislation will be a positive thing for the state of Mississippi."
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