The Alabama House Education Committee addressed Alabama’s embarrassing spot as 34th in education in the United States by
adopting a series of sweeping education reforms designed to ensure that students are performing at their absolute best “sort of” voting to make prayer mandatory.
By voice vote, the committee approved legislation that will not only allow school prayer, but allot up to fifteen minutes for mandatory, teacher-led school prayer in the morning.
Votes were as follows:
- YES – Committe chairwoman Mary Sue McClurkin(R) and Rep. Lesley Vance(R)
- NO – Rep. Terri Collins(R), Rep. Elaine Beech(D), and Rep. Phil Williams(R)
- Did Not Vote – Rep. Marcel Black(D), Rep. Mac Buttram(R) and Rep. Kerry Rich(R)
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “How in the blue hell did this pass if there were more ‘no’ votes?”
It’s simple: McClurkin, who voted ‘yes,’ said she heard more “yeas” than “nays.” Not letting that little fact dissuade her, she claimed “It’s what I heard as chairwoman.” As chairwoman, it is entirely within her power to decide the outcome of a voice vote.
The committee also passed a “religious expression” bill that would allow students to initiate school prayer and would encourage the intermingling of religion and schoolwork. It will be interesting to see the results the first time someone disputes the value of pi on Biblical principles.