Debate over expression of religious views in school work, venues.
A bill called the Religious Viewpoints Discrimination Act gets wide support in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
It would allow public school students to express religious views in class assignments and in school venues, which worries Democratic Senator Donnie Condit of McAlester.
"There were some Muslim students who lived in McAlester, attending school. If they came up and said to the administrator under this law, we want to have a prayer session, a Muslim prayer session, we would not be able tell them no. Not that I would want to," Condit told House members.
The bill's co-author, Republican Representative John Bennett of Sallisaw, said it simply allows students the ability to express religious sentiments.
"One student says 'Let us have a safe game tonight,' and another student says 'God, let us have a safe game tonight,' since both expressions are on topic, those should be treated equally," Bennett said.
Some lawmakers argued the bill could result in lawsuits against school districts.
The bill's on it's way to the Senate, after passing the House 79 to 13, on Thursday.
(Rep. John Bennett, (R) - Sallisaw.)
(Rep. Donnie Condit, (D) - McAlester.)