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Public school officials such as teachers, principals and others may not sponsor prayer, devotional Bible reading or other religious activities. They may not compel or pressure young people to take part in religious activities. The Supreme Court ruled correctly when it struck down mandatory school prayer in 1962 and ’63. However, this does not mean there can be no religion in schools. Public school students have the right to pray voluntarily in a non-disruptive fashion during the school day and read religious texts during free time. A short rule of thumb: Individual, voluntary religious activity by students is permitted; school-sponsored religious worship is not.

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

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

On #GivingTuesday, Here's A Reminder Of How Your Donations Help AU Defend Religious Freedom

Today is #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy that kicks off the charitable season. Thanks to generous gifts from our supporters on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, Americans United has been able to continue to fight against attacks on religious freedom.

Thanksgiving: What I’m Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July of 2013 after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joe Conn

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

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

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

On #GivingTuesday, Here's A Reminder Of How Your Donations Help AU Defend Religious Freedom

Today is #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy that kicks off the charitable season. Thanks to generous gifts from our supporters on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, Americans United has been able to continue to fight against attacks on religious freedom.

Thanksgiving: What I’m Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July of 2013 after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joe Conn

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

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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

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like There Won’t Be Much Of A ‘War On Christmas’ This Year

It’s the first day of December, which normally means it would be time to gin things up on the “War on Christmas,” but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having some trouble mustering much enthusiasm this year.

I’m not the only one. The Religious Right seems to be losing interest as well.

Another Poll Shows Broad Public Support For The Johnson Amendment

A new survey from the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland confirms what previous polls have shown: The majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree that we should keep the Johnson Amendment, a provision in current law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as is.

The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

On #GivingTuesday, Here's A Reminder Of How Your Donations Help AU Defend Religious Freedom

Today is #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy that kicks off the charitable season. Thanks to generous gifts from our supporters on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, Americans United has been able to continue to fight against attacks on religious freedom.

Thanksgiving: What I’m Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July of 2013 after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joe Conn

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

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October 2017 Church & State

Penalty Flag

A Wash. Public School Football Coach Has No Right To Pray With Students, A Federal Appeals Court Says

March 2017 Church & State

States Of Emergency

Legislation That Threatens Church-State Separation Is Pending In Half The Country

November 2016 Church & State

Offside And Out Of Bounds

The Supreme Court Struck Down Coercive Forms Of Public School Prayer 54 Years Ago, But Some Coaches Are Playing By Their Own Rules