Georgia Bill Would Bring Prayer Back to Public Schools
In Georgia, one group of Christians have seen how the removal of prayer from schools has been followed by an increase in social problems and they're fighting to bring school prayer back.
Faith leaders from the Legislative Clergy Council and a group of students from Morehouse College demonstrated on the state capitol steps to show their support for State House Bill 816.
LCC spokesperson Sabrina McKenize said it's a bill "that supports prayer back in schools and we are advocating on behalf of Georgia children."
"If you don't think prayer is the answer, then what is the answer?" she asked.
The Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act of 2016 states that "students in local schools may pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day."
LCC is fighting a decades-old Supreme Court ruling which banned prayer in school.
"In 1962, the Supreme Court made this ruling and what we've noticed since the Supreme Court ruling is that there has been an increase in violence, murder, and teen pregnancy," McKenzie said.
"The children are our 'today' and our 'tomorrow' and we should allow them to know there is a God who cares," she said.
One of the demonstrators, Carter Polston, a senior at Morehouse College studying religion, said, "Although I'm a Christian minister and my brothers are Christian ministers, we want to make it clear that everybody does not communicate with God the way we do."
Rallies like the one in Atlanta were also taking place in seven other states. The American Civil Liberties Union says it will fight the bill.