Religious Expression Law Goes Into Effect July 1st

Jun 29, 2017

A multitude of bills goes into effect Saturday, including one that is protecting the religious expression of public school students. 

Starting July 1st, students of any religious faith will be able to openly convey their beliefs without facing discrimination. The measure faced push back from groups concerned it could cause students from minority religions to feel isolated. Senator Dennis Baxley doesn’t think there will be a problem.

“Actually, [I was} asked on the Senate floor whether I thought this would increase hate. I said no, I actually think it might increase love, because there is a lot in our faith that informs our behavior and how we act. This is pretty much the basis of how we determine what we see as right and wrong," said Baxley.

The new law allows students to demonstrate their religious faith in coursework, artwork or other assignments without it affecting their grade.