Christian group wrote legislation eerily similar to Ohio religious liberty bill - 2019-11-22

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F345.png Christian group wrote legislation eerily similar to Ohio religious liberty bill November 22, 2019, Jessica Glenza, The Guardian

The Student Religious Liberties Act, which passed the Ohio house last week, instructs schools to neither "penalize or reward" students on the basis of their religious speech. It also stipulates schools must provide opportunities for religious expression "in the same manner and to the same extent" as secular speech. Critics argue the bill would provide protect students from bad grades based on religion.

The bill's backers deny it is connected to the group, called Project Blitz but the bill has nearly identical language to the model legislation backed by Project Blitz in their 2018-19 "playbook".

While student religious liberties bills existed before Project Blitz, its inclusion in a playbook by groups whose goal is to inject religion into law shows the priority they place on the matter. When contacted by the Guardian, Steven W Fitschen, president of the National Legal Foundation, said "We are, of course, delighted that legislators in Ohio drafted a bill so similar to our model bill since we believe its provisions are constitutional and beneficial to students of faith in Ohio, without impinging on anyone else's rights."

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{{cite news | first = Jessica | last = Glenza | title = Christian group wrote legislation eerily similar to Ohio religious liberty bill | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/22/ohio-religious-liberty-bill-project-blitz-christian | work = The Guardian | date = November 22, 2019 | accessdate = June 29, 2020 }}