Legislation setting guidelines for public schools to let students express religious beliefs and to allow use of the Bible in secular classes appeared headed to the Kentucky Senate following committee approval Thursday. The bill gained bipartisan backing in the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee, and a top senator said the Senate could vote on it as soon as Friday. The measure would allow students at public schools to engage in religious or

political activities on school grounds. It was denounced by one lawmaker, Sen. Perry Clark, who said it seeks to “establish one ecclesiastical policy as pre-eminent over others.” Under the measure, students could display religious messages on their clothing “to the same extent” nonreligious messages are allowed. Like other school groups, religious-based student groups could meet outside of instructional time. READ MORE