Alabama Gov. Signs Student Religious Freedom Bill Into Law

Legislation that protects students' religious freedoms was signed into law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015. Bentley is pictured with bill sponsor Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City (standing). (Contributed)
Legislation that protects students’ religious freedoms was signed into law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015. Bentley is pictured with bill sponsor Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City (standing). (Contributed)

Legislation that protects students’ religious freedoms was signed into law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley today on the National Day of Prayer.

State Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, said previously that the Student Religious Liberties Act ensures students maintain their constitutional rights and quells any confusion of religious expression being allowed in school.

Opponents, largely Democrats, of the bill argued there isn’t a reason for the legislation because the First Amendment already gives students this freedom.

Butler’s bill was part of the Alabama House Republican Caucus’s “Alabama First” legislative agenda announced at the start of the legislative session.

The Student Religious Liberty Act requires school systems adopt and implement a policy regarding voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints.

In a statement today, Butler said because of threat of lawsuits from anti-religious and atheist groups, many school systems chose to halt religious expressions of any kind from taking place.

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SOURCE: Al.com
Erin Edgemon

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