Oklahoma Legislature Approves Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation today allowing students to express their faith in public schools, according to a news release from State Representative John Bennett.

House Bill 2422, by state representative John Bennett, would require school districts to treat student expressions of faith int he same manner as any other permissible subject.

The bill would require school districts to adopt a “Model Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Policy.” The model policy language is the exact language approved by the Supreme Court decision in Good News Club v. Milford Central School, 533 U.S. 98 (2001).

“This is about a student’s right to express themselves,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “Schools should welcome both religious and non-religious students and doing so is not only fair but also allows more depth in education discussions. This bill will help ensure that students of faith are treated equally to students who hold and express secular views.”

House Bill 2422 would also require schools to provide the same access to school facilities for religious groups as it does for other groups and allow the students to organize prayer groups.

The legislation was approved with a vote of 88-0 and will now proceed to the Oklahoma Senate.


  • CK

    As long as everyone realizes this opens the door for ALL religions, not just Christianity. Don’t complain when others come out of the woodwork and want the same rights.

  • RazorbackBandEMT

    Even if Oklahoma passes a state law, it does not supersede the US Constitution’s requirement for separation of church and state. The US Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and Oklahoma is finding out the hard way that they can’t just break the law and expect no consequences. I think Oklahoma will be fighting off lawsuits for some time to come.

    • Dan Courtney

      Technically the Supreme court opened the door to this with their 2001 decision in “Milford”. That decision essentially obliterated the establishment clause and allowed the treatment of all religion and religious practice as speech. The decision was short sighted pandering to the religious right by the conservatives on the court, and will lead to a religious free-for-all in our schools. I can already hear the howls of protest from the self-righteous Christians when Muslims, or Mormons, or Buddhists set up in the local elementary school.

  • Dan Courtney

    I’m sure this seems like a good idea to the Christians that currently have a majority in the state. But there was a reason that our founders erected a wall of separation between church and state… and it wasn’t necessarily to protect the state.

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