Ohio is taking steps to ensure students in the state's public schools know they don't have to check their faith at the door.
The Christian Post reports that House Bill 164, also known as the Student Religious Liberties Act, passed the House in a vote of 90-3 and unanimously in the Senate. Attorney Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says the measure's adoption means Ohio schools must treat students of faith the same as secular students.
"Students are free to share their faith at school, to incorporate aspects of their faith into school assignments where it's appropriate, and to otherwise not fear that they're going to be punished," Sharp details.
Arguing against the bill, the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contended the bill was unnecessary because of the First Amendment. But Sharp says the law is perfectly clear about what constitutes religious rights.
"A lot of times what that actually requires is a matter of debate," he tells OneNewsNow. "ADF has litigated a lot of cases over First Amendment issues. So rather than leaving educators to guess, we want to make sure that the law is very clear."
Sharp is not concerned about the law being challenged in court, as ten other states have passed similar measures, and none of those have been challenged.