Appeals Court Upholds Mo. Prayer Ballot Initiative

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An appellate court ruled Wednesday that a proposed Missouri amendment allowing public prayer will be allowed to remain on the state's ballot.

Under the measure, residents would be permitted to pray in public places as long as doing so does not disturb the peace.

The measure also says students can express their religious beliefs in school and can't be forced to participate in assignments that go against their religious beliefs.

Opponents claimed the amendment leaves potential for students to refuse homework and could also violate some religious protections for prisoners.

But in a lower court ruling Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce rejected that argument, concluding the summary is fair.

If the majority of voters approve the measure in November, it will be added to the state constitution.

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