HATTIESBURG, MS – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day. However, the Republican said he’s not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue.
The Hattiesburg American reports that Bryant told about 300 high school students at American Legion Boys State on Tuesday that he grew up with prayer in school. He said, “I don’t think it hurt us at all. I think it built our character, and I think it is what we should continue to do.”
Speaking to reporters after his Boys State speech, the first-term governor said he envisions a future “enlightenment” when the federal government will once again allow prayer in schools.
Bryant attended public school in Jackson when he was younger and graduated in 1973 from the private McCluer high school. Speaking to reporters after his Boys State speech, Bryant elaborated on his comments.
“I know it’s difficult when you start talking about denominations and different beliefs, but I think there is a way for us to have a nondenominational opening prayer when the opportunity is available to let people know there is a God,” said Bryant, who is Methodist. “Those children should know that he does care about them, particularly within their classroom.”
Read More at onenewsnow.com. By Associated Press.
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