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TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS VOTE TO PERMIT STUDENT-INITIATED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (EP) -- A bill allowing for student-
initiated prayer at public school noncompulsory events was
passed by the Tennessee House and Senate May 19.
The bill, sponsored in the Tennessee House by Representative
Eugene Davidson (D.-Adams) and Senate by Senator Donald
Wright (R.-Gallatin) will allow public schools to
accommodate the free speech[sic] and exercise rights[sic] of
students who desire voluntarily to initiate and give benedictions,
invocations or prayers in the schools or on school property
[and thus violate the rights of others] during noncompulsory
"This law says school officials may permit nonsectarian and
nonproselytizing voluntary prayer at public school
noncompulsory student assemblies, such as commencement
services and sporting, events if the prayer is initiated
and given by student volunteers," said Russell Heldman, an
attorney for the Rutherford Institute who provided legal
counsel to the bill's sponsors.
The bill is based on the Free Speech Clause of the Tennessee
Constitution and the 1992 Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
decision in Jones v. Clear Creek Independent School
District, which upheld nonsectarian and nonproselytizing
student-initiated voluntary invocations or benedictions at
a public high school.
The bill does not call for any public school official to
direct the performance of any prayer and does not deal with
the rights of teachers and principals to pray.
Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter said he would not veto the
bill; it becomes law immediately if he signs it, or on or
about June 3 if he does not.
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