On Monday, students from Morehouse College rallied outside the state capitol in support of House Bill 816 which would provide for the return of prayer in schools among other things. By evening, their efforts had spawned an online debate about race and religion.
In addition, today is Georgia Religious Freedom Day at the Capitol with a noon rally at Liberty Plaza.
As written, House Bill 816 or the "Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act of 2016" would "provide for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools" and "provide that local school systems shall provide students with the freedom to organize religious groups and activities."
House Bill 816 was introduced by Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain and has bi-partisan support, which means it has a chance of passing on the floor today, though representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union have expressed concerns.
The students from Morehouse joined faith leaders on the steps of the Capitol Monday, holding up signs to show their support, in a crowd that was predominantly African-American.
It didn't take long for reactions to hit a message board under a thread titled, "Well just dam, look at what these blacks want... "
An interesting debate ensued with readers weighing in as follows:
"Blacks and Women are alot alike,,,,,,,,,,,they never know what they want,,,,,,,and don't ever make the mistake of trying to help them figure it out," wrote one reader.
Which led another reader to fire back "Can anyone explain what their race has to do with being Christians? Are only black people Christians?"
Things really devolved from there, but seemed to wrap on a positive note with this post Wednesday morning:
"feelinit I know what you are saying and I agree we are all racially biased to some degree.I think that comes from being more comfortable with what we know.Not from hatred of another race."
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