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Public Prayer: Should Missouri Voters OK This Measure?

Missourians will vote Aug. 7 on a constitutional amendment affirming the right to pray in public places.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced that voters will decide on Aug. 7 on a constitutional amendment affirming the right to pray in public places.

The summary of the measure on the Missouri House of Representatives website says it "proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen's right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen's right to choose any or no religion."

In its summary of the story, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its Political Fix blog that the timing has interesting political ramifications.

As reporter Virginia Young wrote:

The measure is likely to draw social conservatives to the polls. So from a political standpoint, it stands to reason that Nixon, a Democrat, would want to get it out of the way in August, when parties are choosing their nominees, rather than in the general election pitting Democrats against Republicans.

The measure's sponsor, Rep. Mike McGhee (R-Dist. 122), said some "school children are being targeted for professing their religious beliefs."

The language of the ballot measure will read as follows: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure: That the right of Missouri citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed; that school children have the right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools; and that all public schools shall display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution."

Does Missouri need a measure like this? Do you think there were political motivations behind the timing of the vote, by eliminating a reason for conservatives to show up in the general election? How would you vote on such a measure?

Jeannine August 08, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree Ed. I am concerned. I remember in public high school a kid saying she was a witch and had drawings of demons etc. she carried around with her. I found it confusing/disturbing at the time. I am Christian but is society ready for people like this to say they have rights in the classroom to honor their god?
Jeannine August 08, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Perfect Pat.
James name August 08, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Kids are already allowed to pray in school and people are allowed to pray in public all you have to do is close your eyes for a few seconds and think the words you want to sau to g-d want this law is really about is making sure that hospitals and places like them dont have to give their female workers birth control
James name August 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
*what this law
Earl Higgins April 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Barbara, "you have got to be kidding me" and "go look it up yourself" ARE NOT ANSWERS to the questions I have posed. For like the umpteenth time, do you have any evidence whatsoever to support your outrageous claim? If not, then just stop wasting everyone's time.

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