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The concept of release time, whereby students leave public school during the day for religious instruction offsite, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1952. It’s important to remember, however, that public schools aren’t required to permit outside groups to run release-time programs. If a school chooses to do so, it should not promote the plan or encourage students to take part in it. In addition, schools should not punish students who choose not to take part. Students who don’t want to participate in release-time programs should not see their education suffer. They should be given meaningful instruction while the program runs.

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The Attacks On Religious Freedom Keep Coming From The Texas Legislature: A Roundup

The Texas legislature only meets every other year. So, with the last day of session rapidly approaching, the past few days – yes, even including the weekend – have been wild. The result: A lot of harmful policies are closer to becoming law. Here’s a roundup of the legislature’s troubling actions over past couple of days:

Trump’s Budget Cuts Funding For Public Schools While Funneling Money To Vouchers For Private Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was expected to finally reveal details of President Donald J. Trump’s long-promised federal school voucher plan last night. Instead, we heard a lot of platitudes, but little in the way of a policy proposal.

Trump And DeVos Are About To Propose Federal Funding For School Vouchers

Today marks 100 days since Michigan billionaire and school voucher proponent Betsy DeVos took over the reins as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Education. If there’s one thing she’s accomplished in that time, she’s demonstrated her perseverance in pushing for vouchers.

Trump Endangers National Security, And The Religious Right Just Yawns

Let’s engage in a thought experiment: Pretend that it’s May of 2009, and Barack Obama, who has been president for a few months, has just shared some highly classified intelligence with the Russians. Let’s say this material has damaged America’s standing with our allies, exposed sources to possible retaliation and jeopardized the war on terror.

What do you think the leaders of Religious Right groups would be saying? My guess is they’d be calling for his impeachment, if not outright imprisonment.

A Mo. Superintendent Decided To Preach During Graduation, And Students Are Letting Him Know It Was Inappropriate

Some Missouri public high school students are asking for an apology after their superintendent sermonized during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. 

Willard High School seniors stated that Superintendent Kent Medlin’s comments, which included prayers, were inappropriate and exclusive to Christians. (They’re also unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court deemed it a violation of the First Amendment for public school officials to pray at school-sponsored events like graduation.)

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

The Attacks On Religious Freedom Keep Coming From The Texas Legislature: A Roundup

The Texas legislature only meets every other year. So, with the last day of session rapidly approaching, the past few days – yes, even including the weekend – have been wild. The result: A lot of harmful policies are closer to becoming law. Here’s a roundup of the legislature’s troubling actions over past couple of days:

Trump’s Budget Cuts Funding For Public Schools While Funneling Money To Vouchers For Private Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was expected to finally reveal details of President Donald J. Trump’s long-promised federal school voucher plan last night. Instead, we heard a lot of platitudes, but little in the way of a policy proposal.

Trump And DeVos Are About To Propose Federal Funding For School Vouchers

Today marks 100 days since Michigan billionaire and school voucher proponent Betsy DeVos took over the reins as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Education. If there’s one thing she’s accomplished in that time, she’s demonstrated her perseverance in pushing for vouchers.

Trump Endangers National Security, And The Religious Right Just Yawns

Let’s engage in a thought experiment: Pretend that it’s May of 2009, and Barack Obama, who has been president for a few months, has just shared some highly classified intelligence with the Russians. Let’s say this material has damaged America’s standing with our allies, exposed sources to possible retaliation and jeopardized the war on terror.

What do you think the leaders of Religious Right groups would be saying? My guess is they’d be calling for his impeachment, if not outright imprisonment.

A Mo. Superintendent Decided To Preach During Graduation, And Students Are Letting Him Know It Was Inappropriate

Some Missouri public high school students are asking for an apology after their superintendent sermonized during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. 

Willard High School seniors stated that Superintendent Kent Medlin’s comments, which included prayers, were inappropriate and exclusive to Christians. (They’re also unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court deemed it a violation of the First Amendment for public school officials to pray at school-sponsored events like graduation.)

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

The Attacks On Religious Freedom Keep Coming From The Texas Legislature: A Roundup

The Texas legislature only meets every other year. So, with the last day of session rapidly approaching, the past few days – yes, even including the weekend – have been wild. The result: A lot of harmful policies are closer to becoming law. Here’s a roundup of the legislature’s troubling actions over past couple of days:

Trump’s Budget Cuts Funding For Public Schools While Funneling Money To Vouchers For Private Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was expected to finally reveal details of President Donald J. Trump’s long-promised federal school voucher plan last night. Instead, we heard a lot of platitudes, but little in the way of a policy proposal.

Trump And DeVos Are About To Propose Federal Funding For School Vouchers

Today marks 100 days since Michigan billionaire and school voucher proponent Betsy DeVos took over the reins as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Education. If there’s one thing she’s accomplished in that time, she’s demonstrated her perseverance in pushing for vouchers.

Trump Endangers National Security, And The Religious Right Just Yawns

Let’s engage in a thought experiment: Pretend that it’s May of 2009, and Barack Obama, who has been president for a few months, has just shared some highly classified intelligence with the Russians. Let’s say this material has damaged America’s standing with our allies, exposed sources to possible retaliation and jeopardized the war on terror.

What do you think the leaders of Religious Right groups would be saying? My guess is they’d be calling for his impeachment, if not outright imprisonment.

A Mo. Superintendent Decided To Preach During Graduation, And Students Are Letting Him Know It Was Inappropriate

Some Missouri public high school students are asking for an apology after their superintendent sermonized during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. 

Willard High School seniors stated that Superintendent Kent Medlin’s comments, which included prayers, were inappropriate and exclusive to Christians. (They’re also unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court deemed it a violation of the First Amendment for public school officials to pray at school-sponsored events like graduation.)

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November 2015 Church & State

Teaching, Not Preaching

Can Public Schools Instruct About Religion Without Violating The Separation Of Church And State

November 2014 Church & State

Erasing Separation

In Texas And Other States, Religious Right Activists Want To Replace James Madison With Moses

February 2014 Church & State

States Of Confusion

Across The Country, Legislators Are Preposing Bills That Would Violate Separation Of Church And State

May 2013 Church & State

Religion Ruse

Despite A Half Century Of Supreme Court Rulings, States Are Still Looking For Ways To Sneak Prayer And Bible Reading Into Public Schools