Bill Would Allow Religious Symbols On Public Land In Kansas

Kansas State SealThe Kansas House is considering a bill that would allow some religious symbols on public lands.

The religious symbols would be permitted if they are part of the community’s history or heritage.

The bill is a reaction to an incident last summer, when a group threatened to sue the town of Buhler because its official city sign included a cross. The town replaced it with similar signs on private land.

The bill would also allow religious displays in public schools, if they are part of a course of study.

Rep. Don Schroeder of Hesston told a House committee Thursday that he believed religious displays like Buhler’s do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfried expects a vote on the bill next week.