A member of the Georgia House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would allow public school students to recite a prayer ending in the words “We ask these blessings through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

State Rep. Sharon Henderson (D-Newton and Rockdale counties) mandates that the prayer take place just before recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. It states that a student may offer the prayer and that others may participate.

Henderson, who pastors a Christian church, was elected to the state House in November.

If the bill, H.B. 547, were to become law, it would almost certainly be challenged in court and declared unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down school-sponsored prayer nearly 60 years ago in the case Engel v. Vitale.

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Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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