Religion: Equal Access

Congress and student piety

The bill would unleash "forces likely to inflict critical damage on public education," maintained Democratic Representative Don Edwards of California. Fellow Democrat Bob Edgar of Pennsylvania, a United Methodist minister, urged that religious education be kept out of schools. Overriding such objections, the House last week passed, 337 to 77, a measure guaranteeing students the right to organize voluntary religious gatherings in public high schools, outside class hours, on the same basis as nonreligious groups.

The so-called equal-access measure, already passed by the Senate, goes to President Reagan, who...

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