Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse, a Republican, introduced a bill on Thursday that would give public school districts the authority to require students to say the Lord’s Prayer in public classrooms, although students could opt out if they or their parents wish to do so, reports the Indianapolis Star.
Part of the bill reads: “In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school may require the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day. The prayer may be recited by a teacher, a student, or the class of students.”
However, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that mandating school prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Last year, Sen. Dennis Kruse tried to get creationism into the science curriculum and pass a bill that would have required teachers to provide “some kind of research to support that what they are teaching is true or not true," but both efforts failed, reports ThinkProgress.org.