Inspirational Messages Bill Sure to Spur Lawsuits
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) - Opponents say a bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's signature allowing student-led, "inspirational messages" to be delivered at public school events will be struck down in court as unconstitutional.
They say the bill is an obvious attempt to get around the constitutional ban on school-organized prayer. They say the bill will lead to lawsuits and cost school districts in legal fees. Scott has said he supports the legislation.
But the bill's Republican supporters and conservative religious groups say it is a good idea and will bring positive messages to the schools. They say the bill is constitutional because it doesn't specify that the inspirational message has to be a prayer or promote religion.
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