Bill to Draw Attention to Religious Attack

Lord's Prayer in Public Schools?

By Peter Neumann

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, In. (www.incnow.tv) --- An effort to put religion in Indiana's public schools has little chance, the proponent of one measure to do just that readily admits.

Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse of Auburn, who's chairman of the Education Committee, wants prayer back in school although he says the chance of that happening is a very long shot.

But Kruse isn't afraid of long shots. Last year, he sponsored a bill that got some notoriety, but that's all, to let schools teach creationism.

Says Kruse, “My intention in filing this legislation was to foster a conversation about religious liberty in our state and our country. I wanted to address the growing concern shared by many of my fellow Hoosiers that religious liberty is under attack and religious values are being pushed out of the public sphere."

Kruse adds that "while I never expected the bill to receive a formal hearing in the legislature, I hope it has been successful in drawing attention to these issues, which I believe are vital to the health and prosperity of our society.”

This year's legislation - Senate Bill 23 - has likely gotten as far as it will get: it's been assigned to a committee from which it is unlikely to emerge.

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