Landry, congressman create ‘prayer’ guide

Published 4:38 am Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Students, teachers, and administrators now have more guidance when it comes to prayer in schools thanks to Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson. The two have released the Louisiana Student Rights Review, a publication providing guidance on religious expression in public schools.

“Despite court ruling after court ruling affirming our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and expression, there remains confusion on the practical application of those rights in public schools,” Landry said. “So Congressman Johnson and I have put this publication together to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions and misconceptions about the law in this area.”

“It is important to remember that our Constitution and laws protect the rights of students to live out their faith on campus,” Johnson said. “Religious liberty is the first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights, and the next generation of Americans needs to be encouraged to preserve it.”

The Louisiana Student Rights Review addresses student religious expression, religious student organizations, and involvement with those organizations, and is intended to serve as a helpful resource for Louisiana students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators and school board members.

“We hope this publication helps all citizens better understand religious liberty because too many people have unfortunately been misled into believing schools must be religion-free zones,” Landry said. “The truth is our First Amendment rights are not surrendered at the school house door.”

A hard copy of the publication will soon be mailed to all school superintendents throughout Louisiana. Those interested in viewing and/or using the booklet may download it for free online at