Is the United States a "Christian nation"? Some Americans think so. Religious Right activists and right-wing television preachers often claim that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation. Even some politicians agree. If the people who make this assertion are merely saying that most Americans are Christians, they might have a point. But those who argue that America is a Christian nation usually mean something more, insisting that the country should be officially Christian. The very character of our country is at stake in the outcome of this debate.
Vouchers undermine the separation of church and state.
Private school vouchers —whether disguised as a scholarship, a tuition tax credit, or an education savings account— primarily fund religious schools. This violates the fundamental principle that taxpayer funds should never pay for religious education.
More problems with vouchers:
Vouchers don’t improve educational outcomes. Study after study shows that the academic opportunities and achievement of students who use vouchers do not improve, and in some cases, these students actually do worse than their public school peers.
- Americans United fights to protect the religious freedom of public school students and their parents by ensuring that our public schools do not favor—or disfavor—any religious beliefs.
Want one good reason why you should care about the separation of church and state? We'll give you five.
1. TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS.You have the right to worship, or not to worship, as your conscience dictates. Public schools cannot force you to take part in religious activities, or prevent you from doing so. Religious freedom means the right to practice as you choose, not as you are told.
Possible violations of the First Amendment often go unmentioned and unchallenged. That’s why you need to know and protect your rights! Keeping church and state separate is essential to protecting religious freedom.