Because Alabama teachers don't have enough to do & students have obviously mastered the minutiae of math, science, & the arts, State Rep. Steve Hurst has found a way to fill that gaping hole in the school day. Fifteen minutes of prayer led by teachers.
And not just any prayer. There's no originality here, so if you need a little extra help from your favority deity with the upcoming AP Calculus test, you're out of luck kids. These “government approved” prayers would be reruns of Congressional prayers. You see, this isn't about religion (are you listening, federal judges?); it's all part of effort to “study Congress.”
Hurst's bill would require schools to set aside the first portion of the first class period every day “for study of the formal procedures followed by U.S. Congress,” which must include “a reading verbatim of one of the opening prayers” given at the opening of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.
What's party switcher Steve Hurst's sudden interest in Congressional procedure & the spiritual lives of Alabama public school students? Possibly it's the contested primary he's in with Steve Dean. See, Hurst fell for the GOP bait-and-switch. He's just the latest in a string of Democrats who get wined & dined by the GOP leaders, lured into the party, and then primaried out of a political career.
So Steve Hurt has scored a GOP political hat trick:
- Shore up his conservative credentials with one of the worst “I Love Jesus” bills of all time (HB318). Note: he's also the sponsor of the “castration bill.” (HB14)
- Make Alabama public schools even worse.
- Further strain the state budget by insurring legal bills to defend stupid legislation.
You have to hand it to these Republican legislators this term. There's a huge competition to take the wheel of the clown car. But it doesn't really matter; no matter who's driving, the state is headed right into the ditch.