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Enforcing relgious freedom of speech

timbo12
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7/11/2012 11:46:58 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
This is a state bill (Missouri) that's coming up for a vote on August 7. It's (re?)enforcing freedom of speech with respect to religion. I'm curious to find out what everyone thinks.

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HJR 2 -- RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN PUBLIC PLACES

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment
guarantees a citizen's right to pray and worship in all private
and public areas including schools as long as the activities are
voluntary and subject to the same rules and regulations that
apply to all other types of speech.

A citizen's right to choose any religion or no religion at all is
reaffirmed by prohibiting the state or any of its political
subdivisions from establishing an official state religion and
from coercing any person to participate in any prayer or other
religious activity.

The resolution also reaffirms the right of employees and elected
officials of the State of Missouri to pray on government premises
and public property and ensures the General Assembly and the
governing bodies of political subdivisions the right to have
ministers, clergy persons, and other individuals offer prayers or
invocations at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or a
governing body.

Students are allowed to express their religious beliefs in
assignments free from discrimination and cannot be compelled to
participate in assignments or presentations that violate their
beliefs. A public school receiving state funds is required to
display the text of the Bill of Rights of the United States
Constitution in a conspicuous and legible manner.

The provisions of the resolution cannot be construed to expand
the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those
guaranteed by federal law.

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The part that I question is in bold..

Source: http://www.house.mo.gov...
timbo12
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7/11/2012 11:48:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Sorry.. The part that should have been in bold and that I have issue with:

"and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments or presentations that violate their beliefs."
Gileandos
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7/11/2012 11:55:38 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/11/2012 11:46:58 AM, timbo12 wrote:
This is a state bill (Missouri) that's coming up for a vote on August 7. It's (re?)enforcing freedom of speech with respect to religion. I'm curious to find out what everyone thinks.

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HJR 2 -- RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN PUBLIC PLACES

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment
guarantees a citizen's right to pray and worship in all private
and public areas including schools as long as the activities are
voluntary and subject to the same rules and regulations that
apply to all other types of speech.

A citizen's right to choose any religion or no religion at all is
reaffirmed by prohibiting the state or any of its political
subdivisions from establishing an official state religion and
from coercing any person to participate in any prayer or other
religious activity.

The resolution also reaffirms the right of employees and elected
officials of the State of Missouri to pray on government premises
and public property and ensures the General Assembly and the
governing bodies of political subdivisions the right to have
ministers, clergy persons, and other individuals offer prayers or
invocations at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or a
governing body.

Students are allowed to express their religious beliefs in
assignments free from discrimination and cannot be compelled to
participate in assignments or presentations that violate their
beliefs. A public school receiving state funds is required to
display the text of the Bill of Rights of the United States
Constitution in a conspicuous and legible manner.

The provisions of the resolution cannot be construed to expand
the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those
guaranteed by federal law.

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The part that I question is in bold..

Source: http://www.house.mo.gov...

I did not see anything emboldened.

As to the entirety of the bill, it seems to be a confirmation of the mainstream interpretation of the constitution as intended by the founding fathers.

This understanding is reflected in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Reynolds v. United States in 1878.