First Amendment: Tennessee‘s “religious viewpoint” law passes

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Remember the hue and cry last fall when a Tennessee teacher told a fifth-grader that she couldn’t write about God as the person she admired most?

Well, members of the state legislature didn’t forget. Even though school officials quickly corrected the teacher and apologized to the family, lawmakers seized on the incident to push for a bill designed to protect student religious expression in public schools.

Last week, the “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act” passed both houses of the Tennessee legislature by huge margins and now awaits the governor’s signature.

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