alaprayer12MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A proposed bill in Alabama would require public school teachers to read Congressional prayers out loud to students each day. “If Congress can open with a prayer, and the state of Alabama Legislature can, I don’t see why schools can’t,” sponsor Steve Hurst (R-Munford) told the Anniston Star. Hurst’s bill, HB 318, would focus on teaching the formal procedures of Congress during the first period of the day, which would include the prayer that is presented each morning by a chaplain or religious leader. “At the commencement of the first class of each day in all grades in all public schools, the teacher in charge of the room in which such class is held shall, for a period of time not exceeding 15 minutes, instruct the class in the formal procedures followed by the United States Congress,” the legislation reads. “The study shall include, but not be limited to, a reading verbatim of one of the opening prayers given by the House or Senate Chaplain or a guest member of the clergy at the beginning of a meeting of the House of Representatives or the Senate.” More