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2:09 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Tennessee Senate Passes Bill on Religious Belief Discrimination

By a vote of 29-0, the Tennessee Senate approved a bill to prevent students from being discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs.  The measure is sponsored by Republican  Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield, who says the bill requires school districts to treat a student's religious expression the same way they would a secular viewpoint.

Under terms of the bill approved by the Tennessee Senate, students would have access to school facilities to organize student prayer groups or other religious gatherings. Democratic Senator Beverly Marrero of Memphis abstained from voting, and questioned whether the bill is "trying to make schools similar to Sunday Schools."