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Principals in America no longer have excuse for squashing religious freedom?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/08/11 22:04:20
Every public school in America is about to receive a wake-up call that will eliminate any excuse for stomping on students’ and teachers’ religious liberty.

But now Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, has announced it is sending 99,750 copies – one for literally every public school in America – of an exhaustive guide on religious liberty in school to principals, vice principals and school administrators around the country. Thousands of sponsors have made the mass mailing possible.

“Over the past few years, Liberty Counsel has seen a surge of complaints from school administrators, educators and students, whose rights were egregiously violated,” said the organization in a statement. “Secular activists attempt to remove religious expression from our public schools, indoctrinate students in alternative lifestyles and bully through intimidation and blatant misrepresentation. To be proactive in countering this growing threat, Liberty Counsel developed and distributed the ‘Patriot’s Handbook of Religious Freedom in Public Schools.’

“This booklet,” the organization explains, “clarifies the rights of students to pray, form Bible clubs and engage in religious expression in public schools, including holiday celebrations and the rights of teachers, parents and guardians.”

“The public school is not a faith-free zone,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Students need not leave their spiritual beliefs on the schoolhouse steps. Liberty Counsel is here to educate and, if need be, litigate to defend their First Amendment rights.”

America’s public school system, which had long included religious elements such as daily prayer and even biblical passages and stories as part of the common primers from which many of our nation’s presidents learned to read, faced a significant crisis of faith in 1962 and 1963 when a pair of landmark Supreme Court cases first found unconstitutional state-sponsored prayer in schools, then struck down Bible readings and other state-sponsored religious activities.

By having the guidebook in hand or on file, the organization hopes, schools will look to sound advice on protecting religious liberty when confronted by activist organizations that demand students, teachers or community groups be silenced.

“Our nation’s public schools must allow the full and free exercise of every American’s First Amendment rights to free speech, free association and religious expression,” Liberty Counsel states. “There must never be restraints or prohibitions on any American expressing religious sentiments in public settings. There is no place in our democracy for anti-religious bigotry.”

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  • RogerCoppock 2012/08/31 20:19:51
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    Want to bring religion back into the public schools? Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

    A few communities in California discovered after they passed a ballot initiative enabling religious instruction in their local public schools, that the First Amendment has an Establishment Clause, which prohibits American government from showing any one religion favor over another. They were required to provide classes, materials and activities for a variety of religions. This included providing a staff member to supervise a student Coven and buying many expensive sets of religious books for their library.

    A statewide version of the same initiative failed by a large margin.
  • Random 2012/08/13 14:52:37 (edited)
    Random
    +1
    I remember going to a public school with R.E. Whilst I didn't mind the lazy class, I could never figure out why it was included in our curriculum, considering it only focused on Christianity and not everybody else's religion.

    We had a comparative religion class in year 9 and it was a much better class. Very interesting,

    If you want religion in your school, either teach them all or go to a Catholic/Christian school, otherwise shut up and pray by yourself or in your relative Worship Place.

    School is for learning, the Church is for religion. See the difference people?!

    That being said, I didn't mind our School Chaplain, very nice lady and thankfully wasn't preachy at all.
  • dustin.oubre 2012/08/11 23:36:37 (edited)
  • ~ The R... dustin.... 2012/08/13 16:14:58
    ~ The Rebel ~
    I have a problem with schools telling students they can't wear crosses or have any other religious necklaces etc. because they're distracting. And at the same time it's okay for the muslim headcovering to be worn?
  • dustin.... ~ The R... 2012/08/13 19:17:10 (edited)
    dustin.oubre
    Why is that a problem to you? And beside that, why does it matter? Crosses are religious in nature, so I don't really care. And the head-coverings are not actually part of the Muslim religion. In fact, a lot of non-Muslim people who have heritage from the Middle East wear them.
  • The Sane One 2012/08/11 22:27:33
    The Sane One
    +2
    Ah... so the Liberty Council would promote letting teachers use the Qu'ran as a teaching tool? Or would they limit it to using only the Christian Bible?
  • Radical Ed 2012/08/11 22:12:02
    Radical Ed
    +1
    As long as it doesn't attempt to replace knowledge in the class with a single book then all's good.

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