Reaction to the bill that would allow prayer in school

Reaction to the bill that would allow prayer in school

By Julie Salomone. CREATED Feb 2, 2012

NAPLES- A bill that would allow prayer in school passed in the Senate. Supporters say this bill is about freedom of expression. Others worry about kids being singled out because they believe in a different religion than the majority of their classmates. Either way, this bill has you talking.

Students we spoke with on Thursday believe prayer is powerful.

"Prayer lets us tap into something when we don't understand what's going on in high school, middle school," said Don Harmon, recent graduate of Ft. Myers high school.

In times of heartbreak, students say they can rely on God.

"Prayer is the one thing that never goes," said Harmon. "Might not always understand why, but it gives you something to hold onto when nothing else is left to hold onto."

Now a bill would allow students to share inspirational messages, including prayer in school, as long as adults stay out of it.

"The more moments where we can bring hope to a hopeless situation even if it's alittle bit is a positive thing," said Harmon.

The bill just passed by the Florida Senate and it has a lot of you talking on our Facebook page with nearly 70 people commenting on our post. For example, Mary Steele writes, " It is about time we let God back into our schools, thank God."

But not everyone thinks this is a good idea. Doug Wilson, President of the ACLU in Collier County, calls this bill unnecessary.

"Students have the right to pray anytime they want to, what this bill wants is to organize and proselytize other students who may not want to pray when they want them to pray," said Wilson.

The bill passed in the Senate and now goes to the House.

Julie Salomone
Fox 4