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:
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