Miss. governor supports prayer in schools

(WMC-TV) - The Governor of Mississippi is weighing in on a controversial issue that is getting the attention of a lot of people. He is showing support for prayer in schools.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant says he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day.

"I'm not so concerned about multi-denominations, I'd rather see it more Christian based," said pastor Brian Tatum.

"Our country was founded on the bible and we need prayer in schools to keep our country in the right order," said Mississippi resident Edgar Wilkinson.

However, the Governor says he is not prepared to take any action to legalize school prayer in Mississippi.

"I think he'll have to take legal action, but I doubt he'll get anything done," said Wilkinson.

Governor Bryant told several hundred high school students at American Legion Boy's State this week that he grew up with prayer in school.

While some residents agree with Bryant on school prayer, there are others that do not.

"I don't feel like they should pressure kids to go do that if the kids aren't brought up to be on the church or to pray they shouldn't have to be pressured," said resident Renee Griffin.

Bryant, who supports an abstinence-only approach to sex education in schools, also told the students that one of the best ways to combat teenage pregnancy is to talk about it. He says it is best to wait until marriage to have children.

"That's biblical, scriptural, and what God teaches and so otherwise generations will continue to have kids without marriage or a family and that's not the way God designed it," agreed resident Christie Tatum.

The governor also says people need to take more responsibility for their own health by exercising and eating right.

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