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State Schools Face Religious Turmoil | Blue Oklahoma
(Update: The committee passed the bill on a 9 to 7 vote. The bill had been amended to give school districts the choice to follow the new law or not. If school districts do choose to follow the edicts in the bill, it will lead to lawsuits and unnecessary religious conflict.) An Oklahoma legislative committee will consider a bill today that could turn the state's public schools into bastions of religious turmoil and fundamental Christian extremism. House Bill 1001, the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act, sponsored by state Rep, Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, would require school districts to treat religious speech the same as secular speech and prevent schools from discriminating against students who submit religious arguments in their homework and other assignments. The bill also would allow students to express religious ideas in a "limited public forum."