LA Senate Passes Permission-Slip Prayer Bill So Teachers Can Pray with Students

Apr 30, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

The Louisiana Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will allow teachers and coaches to pray with students while on the job. If it becomes law, you can bet it’ll be the subject of a number of lawsuits since federal law prevents staffers from participating in student-led prayers.

State Sen. Ryan Gatti is behind SB 512, a bill that would let staffers pray with kids as long as it doesn’t interfere with their work and as long as every parent or legal guardian of the students in attendance “has submitted a signed request that the employee may participate in the gathering or pray with his child.”

Gatti believes this requirement will allow the bill to succeed where other attempts have failed.

… Sen. Gatti is cautiously optimistic that the measure will pass Constitutional scrutiny.

“Our approach is different and should work,” Sen. Gatti told BossierNow, then added: “No promises.”

“No promises” is right, because the problems are evident.

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