AG, Lawmaker Issue Document On Religious Expression In Schools

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Religious beliefs can be promoted and shared in Louisiana schools as long as students are doing it and not education officials.

That's the gist of a 15-page document drawn up by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and State Representative Mike Johnson and released yesterday.

The Louisiana Student Rights Review states that students are fully protected by the Constitution when it comes to free speech and religious expression.  The exception comes when those two things interfere with school operations or infringes on the rights of other students.

"We hope this publication helps all citizens better understand religious liberty because too many people have unfortunately been misled into believing schools must be religion-free zones," said Landry. "The truth is our First Amendment rights are not surrendered at the school house door."

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