In Texas, Republicans Push Bills Aimed at Enhancing Faith’s Role in School

Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service reports, “Texas’ Republican-dominated legislature is working its way through a slate of bills aimed at increasing religion’s presence in the state’s public schools, drawing criticism from Democrats, clergy and activists who say the proposals violate the separation of church and state and are emblematic of Christian nationalism.” The bills range from a requirement to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom to funding for public schools to hire chaplains. State Senator Mayes Middleton, who is listed as the co-author of every bill in the slate, said in a statement, “Our founders certainly never intended separation of God from government or schools, despite the lefts’ attempts to mislead people on this fact.”

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