An amendment to the Missouri constitution is under debate as voters prepare for tomorrow’s primary election.
The ballot language voters will see for Amendment 2 when they go to the polls tomorrow highlights the rights of citizens to express their religious beliefs and the rights of children to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in schools. Known as the “Right to Pray” amendment, the measure purports to protect freedom of religion.
But look beyond the ballot language, and it’s not that simple.
The amendment itself says the general assembly and other political bodies can invite clergy to pray before meetings. It also says students in schools can be exempt from activities that violate their religious beliefs. To critics, these parts of the amendment cause concern.
Listen to the story to hear from supporters and critics about what this amendment means.
This story was produced in partnership with KBIA 91.3 FM.
To read more about Amendment 2, read a story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Religion News Service.