Kentucky Senate moves bills promoting religious expression

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky state Senate is taking action on bills designed to promote religious expression in public schools and businesses.

A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow public schools to put on artistic or theatrical programs with religious themes. The bill is in response to a Johnson County Elementary School that removed biblical passages from a student production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” last year.

The committee also approved a bill that would shield businesses and ministers from being forced to do things contrary to their religious beliefs. The bill comes after the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ordered a Christian T-shirt company to get diversity training for refusing to print shirts for a gay pride festival. A state judge overturned the order. An appeals court is reviewing the case.

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This story corrects the action taken by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The commission ruled the company violated the local fairness ordinance and ordered it to get diversity training. It did not order the company to print shirts for a gay pride festival.

 

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