Texas Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act protects students’ religious freedom
Sponsored by Reps Charlie Howard and Warren Chisum, and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, HB3678 (a.k.a. “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act” and also “Schoolchildren ’s Religious Liberties Act”) amends the Education Code to require school districts to adopt and implement a local policy that provides for a limited public forum and voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints at school events and graduation ceremonies, in class assignments, and in noncurricular school groups and activities. The bill requires the district to treat such expression on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner as the expression of a secular or other viewpoint and prohibits the district from discriminating against a student based on his or her expressed religious viewpoint.