“Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act”

10 03 2008

Oklahoma House Bill 2211 – The Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act

Section 1, as usual, denotes the name above

Section 2
– “A school district shall treat the voluntary expression by a student of a religious viewpoint…in the same manner the district treats the voluntary expression by a student of a secular or other viewpoint…and may not discriminate against the student based on a religious viewpoint…”

Section 3 – Lays out the requirements of students and administration concerning public forums, events, and freedom of expression.

Section 4
– “Students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. Homework and classroom assignments shall be judged by ordinary academic standards… Students shall not be penalized or rewarded on account of the religious content of their work.”

Section 5 – “Students may organize prayer groups, religious clubs, ‘see you at the pole’ gatherings, or other religious gatherings before, during, and after school to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other noncurricular student activities and groups.”

Section 6 – Each school district in the state shall adopt and implement a local policy regarding a limited public forum and voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints.

Section 7 – Describes the provisions of the Model Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Policy, which sets guidelines for the aforementioned public forums and events.

How ’bout them apples?! Texas has a similar law on the books already. I think that, for the most part, this is a good thing. Religious teens/groups should have the same opportunity to form clubs, and hold meetings, and speak as secular teens/groups. But I believe that class content should be class content. Sure, students shouldn’t buy into everything that evolution teaches, but let school be school. I know, I know…keep God in school. If churches were doing their jobs, more of our teens would be personally accepting the idea of God’s creation (and Lordship, for that matter). If churches were doing…their…jobs… Why do I keep hearing that phrase?

How do you feel about it?




One response

10 03 2008
Rusty Fly

Nice. I do agree with letting this one through. I’d like to hear their views on what constitutes a religious convinction and a religion. As far as churches doing their jobs, I guess it depends on what church. Some guys don’t get that the incarnation of Jesus is very important for our everyday lives. Like the post, and love you (but not in the gay way. sorry, Kelly might be reading this.)

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