Students and faith leaders gathered on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol on Monday to show support for a bill that would allow prayer back in schools. The student-led House Bill 816, also known as Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act of 2016, would allow students to pray before, during and after school, as well as at some school activities like pep rallies and football games.
“(In) 1962 the Supreme Court made this ruling and, what we've noticed since the Supreme Court ruling, there has been an increase in violence, murder, teen pregnancy, divorce rate,” said Sabrina McKenzie with the Legislative Clergy Council. “If you don’t think prayer is the answer, then what is the answer?”
Members of McKenzie’s group joined several Morehouse College students and faith leaders with signs and chants in support of the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia says it will fight the bill, explaining that the way the law is written now, it may lead to unintended consequences, which could then lead to lawsuits down the line.
The bill is currently under review by the House Judiciary Committee.