-- A legislative proposal whose author says it would put prayer back in
schools has cleared the Indiana House.
The measure by
Democratic Rep. John Bartlett of Indianapolis directs school corporations to
adopt policies allowing students to pray aloud at school events. He argues
it would not mandate that students pray in school, but would affirm their
right to do so.
question whether itís needed because freedom of religion is already
acknowledged in schools.
Some argue it could
cause harm by identifying some students as irreligious if they choose not to
The bill cleared
the House 83-12 Monday and now moves to the Senate for consideration.
It also encourages
high schools to offer classes on world religions and affirms studentsí right
to wear religious clothing or jewelry.