Governor Kay Ivey Responds to Report of Mobile Teacher Being Prevented from Wearing “Just Pray” Shirt

Statements
Posted on May 2, 2018

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey today released the following statement in response to reports that Mobile County Public School teacher Chris Burrell was prevented from wearing a shirt with the word “just pray” to school.

“Religious liberty is a cornerstone of the freedoms we enjoy in our country. For a teacher to be disallowed from wearing a shirt that exhorts others to pray, especially for a child suffering from terminal cancer, is simply unacceptable. The right to express one’s religious beliefs, including prayer which was often invoked by George Washington himself, is not lost when one enters the schoolhouse door. I am committed to protecting religious freedom for everyone, including our teachers and school children.”

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