Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.


On April 9, a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church spoke at an assembly at the school and showed a video of two young men who found religion as a solution to their problems with drugs, sex and other dangerous behavior, according to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, an arm of the American Humanist Association. Students … Continue reading Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.

Gates: Odd coalition kills loan fee bill.


During the last week of the Mississippi legislative session, an odd coalition came together to help kill a controversial bill that would have allowed small loan companies to charge fees amounting to an annual percentage rate of up to 99 percent on loans from $500 to $4,000 that are mostly taken out by low-income, working … Continue reading Gates: Odd coalition kills loan fee bill.

Salter: Lemon test may determine constitutionality of Mississippi prayer law.


In the 1971 case Lemon v. Kurtzman, Chief Justice Warren Burger enunciated his Lemon test as follows: “First, the statute must have a secular legislative purpose; second, its principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion; finally, the statute must not foster “an excessive government entanglement with religion.” To address … Continue reading Salter: Lemon test may determine constitutionality of Mississippi prayer law.

Lawsuit discussions begin over new school prayer law.


A nonprofit conservative group says it will provide free legal representation to Mississippi schools or districts if a new school prayer law is challenged in court. Liberty Counsel attorney Steve Crampton told The Associated Press on Friday that the group believes the law is “perfectly within the bounds of the First Amendment.” Republican Gov. Phil … Continue reading Lawsuit discussions begin over new school prayer law.

Student Religious Liberty Act passes House 108-6.


The House voted 108-6 for final passage of (SB 2633) Wednesday without debate. The measure would guarantee student rights to talk about faith in class and allow them to organize religious clubs. Sponsors, in legislative debate, have said teachers and school administrators are confused about what religious expression is legal, and that the state needs … Continue reading Student Religious Liberty Act passes House 108-6.

Governor still uncommitted to gaming course expansion.


A bill headed to the governor would allow more of Mississippi's public universities and community colleges to teach management, accounting or other courses specifically related to running casinos. The courses could be taught only in counties where casinos are legal -- some areas along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast and in places with … Continue reading Governor still uncommitted to gaming course expansion.

Mississippi First proposes lawmakers pass charter school bill that rejects religious school participation.


Rachel Canter is executive director of Mississippi First, an education policy group that supports charter schools. She gave a detailed briefing about a proposed bill her group wants lawmakers to consider. It specifies that no private schools could be converted to public charter schools, and charters could not be religious schools. The proposal would create … Continue reading Mississippi First proposes lawmakers pass charter school bill that rejects religious school participation.

McDaniel: Whenever bended knees meet the cold, hard ground.


BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel In the winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the superiority of British forces. Many of his soldiers were in agony from severe frostbite, with feet and legs often frozen until they became black. Mandatory amputation was widespread, disease was rampant … Continue reading McDaniel: Whenever bended knees meet the cold, hard ground.

Clinton Teacher accused of telling 8th graders Obama is a Muslim.


Myisha Lewis-Reed, the mother of a 13 year old at a Clinton Middle School, is accusing 8th grade science instructor Linda white of inappropriate statements about President Obama according to a report by WJTV. Lewis-Reed says White told students in one of her classes Tuesday that President Obama shouldn't be re-elected because she believes he's … Continue reading Clinton Teacher accused of telling 8th graders Obama is a Muslim.