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New School Prayer Law Could Face Legal Challenge

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   Starting next school year, students in Mississippi public schools will be able to pray without fear of legal trouble.

   Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the "Students' Religious Liberties Act of 2013."

   During the Thursday bill signing inside the governor's office at the Capitol, a group of lawmakers and ministers clapped as Bryant singed his signature to Senate bill 2633.

   It goes into effect July 1.

   It allows for a limited public forum at schools events such as football games, graduations and morning announcements where students can express their religious beliefs.

   Students would also be permitted to express their faith in class assignments without worrying about getting a bad grade or being called to the principal's office for doing so.

   But the ACLU of Mississippi is already considering a legal challenge. Bear Atwood argues the law effectively establishes school-sponsored prayer which may violate the U.S. Constitution.

  The governor says the state is prepared to fight any attempt to stop the law from taking effect.     

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