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Proposed Bill Seeks To ‘Permit Schools To Lead A Prayer’ Every Morning

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) - Local lawmakers are attempting to breathe new life into a bill proposal that would bring prayer to schools in South Carolina.

The proposed bill seeks to amend a section of South Carolina’s code of laws that related to “the requirement of schools to provide for a minute of mandatory silence at the beginning of each school day, so as to permit schools to lead a prayer at the beginning of the school day.”

The proposal also offers students who do not wish to participate the option of leaving the classroom during the exercise.

“The compromise would be to have the students to pray to whomever they want to,” Rep. Wendell Gilliard was quoted as saying to WCIV-4. “If they want to do away with teachers conducting the prayer that would be fine with us. The essential part of the bill, the important part, is putting prayer back in school.”

The bill, which has been stalled in the House Committee since February of 2013, also has the backing of nine other Representatives.

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