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Measure Details

Religious Freedom in Public Places

Missouri Ballot Measure - Constitutional Amendment 2

Election: Aug. 7, 2012 (Primary)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
K-12 Education
Religion
Minors and Children
Constitution

Yes
780,567
(82.76%)

No
162,631
(17.24%)

Summary

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment guarantees a citizen's right to pray and worship in all private and public areas including schools as long as the activities are voluntary and subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to all other types of speech.

A citizen's right to choose any religion or no religion at all is reaffirmed by prohibiting the state or any of its political subdivisions from establishing an official state religion and from coercing any person to participate in any prayer or other
religious activity.

The resolution also reaffirms the right of employees and elected officials of the State of Missouri to pray on government premises and public property and ensures the General Assembly and the governing bodies of political subdivisions the right to have ministers, clergy persons, and other individuals offer prayers or invocations at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or a governing body.

Students are allowed to express their religious beliefs in assignments free from discrimination and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments or presentations that violate their beliefs. A public school receiving state funds is required to display the text of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution in a conspicuous and legible manner.

The provisions of the resolution cannot be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those guaranteed by federal law.

Measure Text

"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure:

* That the right of Missouri citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed;

* That school children have the right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools; and

* That all public schools shall display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution."

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to provide that neither the state nor political subdivisions shall establish any official religion. The amendment further provides that a citizen's right to express their religious beliefs regardless of their religion shall not be infringed and that the right to worship includes prayer in private or public settings, on government premises, on public property, and in all public schools. The amendment also requires public schools to display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

A "no" vote will not change the current constitutional provisions protecting freedom of religion.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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