The Ohio House of Representatives approved legislation this week that aims to protect the religious freedom of public school students. Of course, the First Amendment already protects students’ rights of religious expression.
The Ohio House advanced legislation that purports to protect the religious liberty of public school students, but includes provisions giving students the same right to engage in religious activities and expression that they have to secular activities and expression.
Ohio House Bill 36, the “Ohio Pastor Protection Act,” bars any penalty directed at ministers for refusing to perform a marriage ceremony that conflicts with their religious beliefs. But is it necessary?
The Ohio Department of Correction violated the religious liberty rights of a Rastafarian prisoner by denying him the right to wear dreadlocks, according to a federal district court.
Written by Don Byrd