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Religion in Public Schools

Should churches make decisions about the courses taught in local public schools?

Most Americans would probably say no. But that’s exactly what seems to be happening in the Chino Valley (Calif.) School District.

According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the school board there  has approved a Bible class for high school students after a lobbying campaign by Calvary […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

Here’s some advice for Livingston Parish school officials: You don’t want to go to court over creationism because you will lose.

In the Courts, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Discrimination

Advocates of church-state separation knew Monday was going to be a big day at the Supreme Court. It was the high court’s final day in session for the 2009-10 term, and four cases were left. Among them was Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a church-state case.

Our normal practice at AU is to pull up a Web site […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Class of 2010 graduated from Enfield (Conn.) High School yesterday, and based on local reports, it seems as though students and parents had a good time, despite the controversy over where to hold the ceremony.

Americans United and the ACLU, representing students and parents, filed a lawsuit against the school district after it refused to move the […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Public school principal Steve Comparato in Polk County, Fla., said his prayers were answered when a local church agreed to “adopt” his school and pay for $5,000 worth of supplies.

“If they want to come in and help, who am I to say no?” he told the Wall Street Journal, which today details a new trend in public schools […] Read More

American Center for Law and Justice, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

There’s good news out of Enfield, Conn.: The school board has decided not to appeal a federal court ruling barring them from holding their high school graduations in a large evangelical church.

You might recall that Americans United, the ACLU of Connecticut and the national ACLU filed suit to block the board from having commencement ceremonies at First […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

In the wake of the Texas State Board of Education’s vote adding “Christian nation” baloney and other far-right concepts to social studies standards, there has been much speculation about how other states might be affected.

The thinking goes like this: Texas is a big state that purchases a lot of textbooks. Books that are tailored to meet Texas’ demands could […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

“God Hates Showoffs.”

That was the message on a sign in the crowd at yesterday’s meeting of the Exeter Union (Calif.) High School District.

According to a report in the Visalia Times-Delta, students also held up a second sign that read, “God Says No Prayer.”

The students in a provocative way were asking school trustees to vote against including […] Read More

Church Politicking, Family Research Council, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of

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Religion in Public Schools, Social Studies Curriculum

We knew things weren’t going to turn out well in Texas once we heard Cynthia Dunbar’s invocation on Friday morning.

Before the Texas State Board of Education voted on the controversial social studies curriculum, Dunbar prayed for what she hoped students would learn in public schools.

“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing […] Read More

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