(DeSoto County, MS) With the stroke of a pen, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed a new law restoring what many are call an individual right to Mississippi school children, prayer in schools.
The new law is not without controversy.
Faith is believing in something even when you don’t see it.
For years, Mississippi children weren’t allowed to visibly show theirs in school.
That's about to change.
Next school year, kids can pray over school intercoms, at games, anywhere on school property.
The law still doesn’t allow schools to organize prayer.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the new law violates the Constitution's promise of separation between church and state.
Alice Thomas nieces and nephews are in school now and she thinks the new law will help keep kids safe, “We never know what’s going to happen, it doesn’t make any sense. Prayer is needed all over the world, prayer changes things."
Reverend Gary Smith is married to an elementary school teacher; he applauds state lawmakers for pushing the bill through, “It’s very refreshing that so many are willing to discourage our religious freedoms but now you have that pushback saying you have that opportunity."
The ACLU doesn’t expect the new law to be challenged until it takes effect next school year.
Mother, Briana Smith, believes the law supports what America is about, “Everyone has the right to do what they want to do, it’s a free country."