FRANKFORT, KY - Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed SB-17 into law, which protects the constitutional rights of individual students to express their religious views without fear of punishment. It allows religious groups the same access to the public school as secular groups. The law protects schools that enrich their students with programs and plays that provide a deeper understanding of our cultural and religious heritage. It also protects teachers who include the Bible in historical and cultural discussions.
This law was in response to a Kentucky school that cut the Bible verse Luke 2:11 out of the movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas, because of fear it might cause the school to be sued. The verse states, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” The law became referred to as the “Charlie Brown law.”
According to the summary of SB-17, the law will provide for the following:
This new law does not go beyond the rights and freedoms already protected by our Constitution. However, it has come under histrionic attacks from LGBT lobbyists such as the Human Right Organization (HRO), which falsely claims this bill targets LGBT students. This bill never mentions the sexual behavior of students. It is revealing that these activists are bemoaning a law that explains religious rights as interpreted by our courts.
“This law is the direct result of a Kentucky school censoring a religious viewpoint expressed in A Charlie Brown Christmas show. The school should have never censored the Scripture verse in a Christmas program. This new law does not create new rights but rather it clarifies in one place the religious freedom rights that already exist,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We congratulate Kentucky for this victory for their freedom,” Staver concluded.
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