Illinois State Reps. Mary Flowers (D-IL) and LaShawn Ford (D-IL) have teamed up to sponsor legislation which would allow for students to voluntarily say a word of prayer during the school day.
The bill, named HB0165, would serve as an extension of the existing Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act and would be enacted immediately.
A synopsis of the bill is as follows:
Amends the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. In a provision allowing students in the public schools to voluntarily engage in individually initiated, non-disruptive prayer, provides that such praying may take place at any time during the school day. Effective immediately.
Illnois isn’t the only state considering putting prayer back in school. North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation in the summer of 2014 which allows students in public schools to form religious clubs and lead volunteer prayer groups.
Various displays of prayer and faith have been removed from schools since June 25, 1962, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale that a prayer “approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion.”