Written by Don Byrd
By a 90-2 vote, the Tennessee House approved legislation yesterday, sponsored by Rep. Courtney Rogers, that addresses student religious expression in school. The bill bars discrimination against schoolwork that expresses a religious viewpoint and assures the right to join religious clubs to the same extent that secular clubs are available.
Associated Press has more on the motivation behind the proposal:
Rogers said she proposed the legislation after a 10-year-old student was given an assignment to write about the person she most admires and she chose God. The teacher asked her to choose another subject.
You can read the bill here (pdf).