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ACLU challenges Mo. public prayer measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are challenging the ballot wording for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution on public prayer.

A measure referred by lawmakers to the 2012 ballot would state that people can pray in public places, so long as they do not disturb the peace. It also says students can express their religious beliefs and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

A lawsuit filed Thursday contends the ballot summary is misleading because it fails to mention the potential for students to refuse homework or that prisoners could lose some religious protections currently in the Missouri Constitution.

The lawsuit asks a Cole County judge to bar the measure from the ballot or rewrite the summary.

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