Subject: As our Elected Representative, does Prayer Matter to you?
Date: Thu Jul 24 15:53:11 MDT 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law last month that protects the religious liberty of public school students, including their right to pray, share religious viewpoints, and distribute religious literature at school without harassment from school officials.
S.B. 370 was introduced in March 2013. It passed 106-9 in the North Carolina House and 48-1 in the state Senate before Gov. McCrory signed it on June 19th, 2014.
Among the new law’s stated goals is “to clarify student rights to engage in prayer and religious activity in school...” Among other things, the law protects a student’s right to “pray, either silently or audibly and alone or with other students,” to “attempt to share religious viewpoints with other students,” and to “possess or distribute religious literature,” provided that any activity is done in an orderly fashion. It also provides protection for student-led religious groups, and states that “a student shall not be penalized or rewarded based on the religious content of the student’s work.”
“The North Carolina bill is the kind of legislation that is needed in every state,” The Catholic League said in a statement. The League said that it will be contacting governors across the United States advocating for similar laws. (See full article here, and S.B. 370 in its entirety here)
This is where you, as an elected leader, can shine! In the 50’s Ezra Taft Benson, who served as Secretary of Agriculture, made the statement that, “The spectacle of a nation praying is more awe-inspiring, more powerful than the explosion of an atomic bomb. The force of prayer is greater than any possible combination of man-controlled powers…”
We invite you to not only work to bring about similar legislation in your state, but also to be an advocate for prayer by making the conscious decision to involve vocal prayer as part of your duties, with optional participation from co-workers and/or others. THIS is the leadership our communities and states need right now.
At the opening of Congress in 1774, a meeting started with prayer primarily because Samuel Adams stood up and said “I'm no bigot. I can stand up and pray with any man.” Is this where you stand as well?
The citizens you serve have confidence in you, as does the Independent American Party.
Kelly Gneiting & other members of the IAP in Utah