A bill aimed at protecting public school students’ free speech rights by banning discrimination based on religious viewpoint that was recently passed by a near unanimous vote of the Tennessee State Legislature is currently on the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam (R) awaiting his signature.But the bill has come under attack by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) activists, who claim it is a “state- sponsored license to bully”.
The “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act,” similar to a bill of the same name enacted in Texas, was prompted by a recent incident in which a 10-year-old Memphis girl was told by her teacher that she could not write about God in an essay about who her “idol” was, but that she could write about Michael Jackson, according to State Senator Ferrell Haile (R-District 18), one of the bill’s sponsors.
“I believe that it (the bill) clarifies and I think it also puts this (religion) on a level playing field with any other topic that is allowed for papers, homework, discussion or a public forum, whatever that might be, that this just puts it all on a level playing field.” Haile told CNSNews.com.Read More: http://cnsnews.com/