Concern that the religious rights of Missourians have been infringed has led the House to tentatively approve a constitutional amendment for the November ballot. The amendment would confirm rights granted under the US Constitution to voluntarily pray or worship in public places, including schools. Representative Yaphett El-Amin of St. Louis, a Muslim, says schoolchildren need the clarity about their religious rights the amendment would provide. Detractors, though, contend Republicans are pushing the amendment to drive social conservatives to the polls in November, when the US Senate race will be decided. The sponsor denies that, saying he wants it in November so it will be decided during the election with the greatest turnout.
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