Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams and other district administrators visited 25 churches on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. They asked congregations to help make sure kids get to their first day class.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday they’ll be asked to decide on an amendment to the state constitution. Supporters say the Missouri Right to Pray amendment will protect residents’ right to practice their religion. Those against it say it’s not only redundant, but sneaky.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports.
"We need to make sure that people don't have to live in fear..."
The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held. It was sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).
“It’s important for citizens here in Missouri to have their First Amendment rights protected," Mayer said. "There (have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.”