State senator proposes bill that would allow Lord’s Prayer in school

A state senator wants Hoosier students to be able to start their school day by reciting the Lord’s Prayer—but his proposal faces an uphill battle.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, has filed a bill that would give school districts the authority to require students to say the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each day.

According to Senate Bill 23, students would recite the prayer to “recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen.” The bill would allow students to be exempt from the prayer if they choose not to participate or their parents don’t want them to say it.

The bill has been assigned to the Senate’s rules and legislative procedure committee—a move that likely means the proposal won’t go very far. That committee is typically a “burial ground” for bills.

Kruse pushed unsuccessfully last year to teach creationism in schools.

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