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Louisiana Lawmakers Debating to Allow Praying in School

Posted: Updated: May 6, 2013 06:26 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Should Louisiana's public school students be allowed to pray before and after school and even invite religious leaders on campus? It's a right one Monroe area lawmaker is trying to secure. Our Nolan Crane explains.

Lisa Henderson and Leslie Barnett are two women we caught up with at the Monroe post office who hope lawmakers in Baton Rouge will pass house bill 724. The bill would allow students to pray at school during club events and even invite clergy in to speak and help in that process.

"I think everybody should pray. Everyone needs prayers. There are a lot of temptations out here and everyone needs prayer. I think they should have prayer in the school. I support her," said Leslie Barnett.

"It should be anywhere. If I want to pray right now I should have no problem praying right now with anybody. It should be anywhere, whoever wants to pray," said Lisa Henderson.

Monroe area representative Katrina Jackson sponsored the bill, but not everyone's on her side in wanting to see it get passed.

"Government needs to stay separate from religion. That's the tradition of our country, that's served us well. We need to resist any efforts to get government where the family should be, where the individual should be, that's in religion. It's a family issue, it's an individual issue, it's not a government issue," said Charles Kincade.

People that we spoke with that support house bill 724 say the kids should be allowed to pray because that doesn't take any rights away from those that don't want to pray.

"It's not forced on anybody, you know, its whoever wants prayer. I think it should be allowed in the schools, restaurants, wherever somebody wants to pray at," said Lisa Henderson.

Everyone has an opinion about what should and should not be allowed in public schools but lawmakers could get the final amen on this one.

House Bill 724 will be heard on the floor and voted on later this week in Baton Rouge.

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