DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill into law allowing student-led prayer.
The three-page law allows students to pray either silently, out loud, alone or with others to the same extent as a student is allowed to reflect, meditate or speak on nonreligious matters.
Under the new law students will be able to organize prayer groups and/or religious clubs. Students can also express their beliefs in their homework, artwork or other written assignments.
The law also stipulates that students’ actions can’t disrupt the learning process, harass other students to participate or infringe on the rights of others.
Alisha Rogers has 7-year-old and her feelings about the new law come from firsthand experience.
“He (her son) got in trouble last week because he was talking about God to another student and the teacher didn’t like it, and he came home very upset. I had to comfort him and let him know it was OK and that he could talk about him wherever he would love,” Rogers said.
The law takes effect immediately. One of the sponsors of the bill is Senator Stan Bingham from Davidson County.