Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Student Religious Expression Bill

STAUNTON, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a student religious expression bill Friday.

Melissa Marsh is a parent and says she disagrees with Governor McAuliffe's decision to veto the bill.

"I think prayer should be allowed in schools at any given time whenever they want it," says Marsh, "They don't feel comfortable praying, and it's not fair to them".

The bill would've arranged the rights of students in public schools to pray and engage in religious activities.

The governor says he vetoed the bill because he thinks those rights are already protected by laws in place.

Marsh says she raised her kids to pray at any time when they feel like they want to and she thinks the bill would've helped to protect their rights.

On the other side, some think that prayer shouldn't be allowed in public schools and they say it could make some people feel uncomfortable.

Caroline Rodus thinks that there is a time and place for prayer and public schools are neither.

"When I was growing up in Washington, D.C. in the 50's, we had a public prayer in the school every morning. I'm Jewish. The prayer was Christian, and it made me uncomfortable every school morning of my life," says Caroline Rodus, who has grandchildren in public school, "You have, protected by the constitution, the right to worship, the right to worship anyway you wish privately. It doesn't belong in public school. That should be secular. Church and state are suppose to be separated," Rodus says.


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