Bill Targets Religious Discrimination in Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The first House bill filed for Oklahoma's 2009 legislative session is titled the "Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act."

It would allow students to express religious viewpoints in the classroom or in assignments and would prevent students from being
either penalized or rewarded for the religious content of their
work.

The measure also would grant religious groups or clubs the same access to school facilities as secular groups and require school
districts to adopt policies on student speakers that don't
discriminate against religious viewpoints.

A lawmaker who opposes the bill warns that it could open the door for radical religious groups to demand equal time in Oklahoma schools.

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