Commonwealth Policy Center

Religious freedom is on the docket in the Kentucky State House. House Bill 570, sponsored by Representative Chris Fugate (R-Chaviess), would allow teachers to express their religious convictions openly. It was inspired by a Supreme Court case involving a high school football coach in Washington who was fired for leading a group in prayer after a game. While the bill has bipartisan support, it isn’t without its critics. Kate Miller, advocacy director of the American Civil Liberties Union, believes the bill could cause increased litigations for school districts and should more directly the Supreme Court ruling. If it was up to the ACLU, the first amendment wouldn’t apply to public school teachers. But our constitutionally protected rights don’t change according to our profession. The bill passed by an 81-12 margin in the state House and now heads to the Senate.