October 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a bill that will permit college students to reschedule tests or assignments if they conflict with religious holiday observances.

Quinn said religious freedom is “the most American and fundamental freedom we have in this country,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“The First Amendment of our Constitution says that everyone, everyone, has the right to practice their religion and their faith without fear of intimidation,” Quinn added.

Quinn signed the bill Aug. 19 at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in front of 15,000 people. The Sun-Times said he condemned recent acts of violence and discrimination, specifically a shooting at an Illinois mosque, an attack on an Islamic school in the state and the desecration of a Muslim grave in one of the state’s cemeteries.

“These are un-American acts,” Quinn said. “The people of Illinois, all 13 million, abhor anyone who would commit these serious acts of violence as a violation of our Constitution.”