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what a douche.

Kristin T.

So when they tell Muslim girls they are not allowed to wear hijabs anymore they will be okay with that, correct??? Yeah let's see the fallout when that happens. McAuliffe is a such a Commie pig. I wish he'd have stayed in DC where he belonged. Religion is a freedom. I don't care what you believe.

Claire Gastanaga

This is already the law in Virginia, has been since 2008:

§ 22.1-203.3. Religious viewpoint expression; student expression.

Students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. Home and classroom work shall be judged by ordinary academic standards of substance and relevance and other legitimate pedagogical concerns identified by the school.

This is already the law in Virginia (has been since 1994):

§ 22.1-203.1. Student-initiated prayer.

In order that the right of every pupil to the free exercise of religion be guaranteed within the schools and that the freedom of each individual pupil not be subject to pressure from the Commonwealth either to engage in, or to refrain from, religious observation on school grounds, consistent with constitutional principles of freedom of religion and separation of church and state, students in the public schools may voluntarily engage in student-initiated prayer.

SB 236 was either unnecessary or was designed to allow government sponsored prayer at official school functions, something that is unconstitutional. Either way, the Governor did the right thing by vetoing it. Religious freedom is alive and well in America and Virginia and individuals are free to worship without government interference precisely because we do not have an official state religion or allow government sponsorship of religion or preference of one religion over another.

Joe Schmo

if we don't stand up for right now this country will become a third world country and you do not want this it's bad enough they already tell us who we can and can't marryand also that we can't smoke marijuana that's no one's choice to tell us that

Mary Bellamy

My high school graduation was ruined when the valedictorian chose to give a come to Jesus speech. No one else should have to suffer that fate or for that matter listen to a come to Allah speech. How would you feel about a come to Allah speech?

Chris Lucas

"The legitimate powers of government extend only to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god.It neither picks my pocket, or breaks my leg." - T. Jefferson
"In justice, too, to our excellent constitution, it ought to be observed, that it has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary" - T. Jefferson, or, one Va. governor to another.

Aaron C

People need to take a step back from their brainwashed party viewpoints. We are already guaranteed both freedom of speech AND freedom of religion, which means, you can say whatever you want about your religion whenever you want. This bill is unnecessary and will only serve as a precedent for frivolous lawsuits. Nothing is stopping you from saying what you want about your religion in school. This bill could be construed, from a legal standpoint, as state/school sponsored religion promoting legislation, which is unconstitutional. No school system, in their right mind, would stop a group or a student from delivering a speech or holding a group with religious references in it. That's easy litigation.

I was raised Christian by the way. So if I can take a step back and think like an adult instead of the stereotypical Christian "victim", then you can too.

As for Kristin T, You are overreacting. The only way they could force us not to wear something is if the item posed such a severe threat to safety that no one could argue the matter. Do you really think that can happen? Nowhere in here was there any talk of denying religious freedom or rights.

Joe, I think it's kind of odd that you would write a comment a post that advocates religious freedom by extrapolating outrage from Christians that can't think outside of the box and also include gay marriage rights.

Mary, I wouldn't enjoy either of the two, but from the sound of it, you're biased against Muslims...they're some of the nicest people I've ever met, well, except the ones that tried to kill me for 8 months in Afghanistan, but every group has their crazies. To that same point, Some of the meanest, most judgmental people I met were Christians. Not our place to judge. I'd be more excited to be graduating than irritated that the speech that I'm not listening to and wont remember contained religious references.

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