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Sun August 5, 2012
Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights?
On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure.
The amendment would guarantee Missouri residents the right to express religious beliefs and also would allow students in public schools to pray and acknowledge their religion voluntarily.
Supporters say the measure would protect residents and students to practice their own religious beliefs. But opponents say the amendment is redundant and that the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions already protect religious freedom. Furthermore, opponents argue that the measure would do more harm than good for public schools because the measure does not specify what can constitute a "religious belief."
Monday on Up to Date guest host Brian Ellison welcomes a "religion roundtable" of guests to discuss the amendment: Pastor Phil Hopper of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Lee's Summit argues for the amendment, Rev. Dr. Stan Runnels of St. Paul's Episcopal Church voices his objection to the amendment, and Kevin Eckstrom, editor in chief of Religion News Service tells us about other similar measures throughout the country and additional church vs. state arguments throughout the nation.