Religious Studies Exit the Schools
...except for the glamorization of Islam, of course.

Beginning in the mid-1960's, God was squeezed out of the public schools, and the impact on the schools — and on American culture — has been obvious.  Now it is practically illegal to discuss Christianity in a public school, just as it is in communist countries.  But apparently it's okay to spend all day studying Islam, witchcraft or humanism.

The people who have driven the Bible out of the public schools are hoping you don't know much about U.S. history.  And that assumption is probably right.  Public schools started out in this country with only one standard textbook, and guess what book that was.  The Bible.  In 1830, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, published a letter in support of using the Bible as a school textbook.*  In 1980 U.S. schools reported the lowest S.A.T. scores ever, after 18 straight years of decline following the 1962 ban on school prayer.  That same year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments can not be posted in classrooms, "for a child might read them, reflect upon them and then obey them" (Stone vs. Graham).*

Related pages:

Islam in school.

The ACLU.

Anti-Christian Bias in American Society.

The Separation of Church and State.



Florida 5-Year-Old Told 'It's Not Good' To Pray By School Employee.  A 5-year-old bows her head at lunch to say Grace before she eats may be considered cute and heartwarming by some.  That was not the case for a student in Florida.  The young girl was told by a school lunchroom supervisor that her actions were wrong.  The girl's father, Marcos Perez, is outraged to the point where he is considering homeschooling his child.  Today, the Liberty Institute sent a letter to the school administrators demanding they stop allowing religious discrimination, which is in violation of not only state, but federal law.  The school denies the incident.

Bibles decried as 'religious propaganda,' banned from Iowa State University hotel.  Administrators at a hotel run by Iowa State University have given the boot to Bibles in their guest rooms after protest from a religious separatist group.  The push to remove the books began when a guest at the Hotel Memorial Union complained to Freedom From Religion Foundation about the "unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table," according to a local NBC News affiliate.  The foundation, a nonprofit which advocates the separation of church and state, said the hotel is part of the Iowa public university system and, as such, cannot legally place the Bibles in the room.  Doing so, the group argued, would constitute a support of one religion over another.

Mom claims school banned son's Bible, used inappropriate worksheets.  A Detroit-area woman is accusing her children's school of hypocrisy after her son was told not to bring his Bible to class and her daughter's teacher distributed worksheets referencing alcohol.  Jessica Cross, of Dearborn Heights, her 8-year-old son, Jason, would take his Bible to school to read during a free period.  He was eventually told that book is "only for church, not school," MyFoxDetroit.com reported.  Cross said her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly by school staff and subjected to unnecessary punishments.

UConn rebukes coach, says Jesus doesn't belong in football.  The president of the University of Connecticut publicly rebuked an assistant football coach for telling The Hartford Courant that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."  "Our employees cannot appear to endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work at the university, or in their interactions with our students" President Susan Herbst wrote in a letter to the newspaper.  "This applies to work-related activity anywhere on or off campus, including on the football field."

Gideon Bibles Removed After Atheist Group Pressures U of Wisconsin.  The University of Wisconsin-Extension has agreed to remove all Gideon Bibles from 137 guest rooms at its conference center after an atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), complained, arguing that the Bibles in the bedrooms constituted state endorsement of Christianity.

First-grader told to stop talking about Bible.  The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child's one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she's "not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," attorneys for the California family allege.  The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif.  The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition.

Teacher Tells 6-year-old: Jesus Not Allowed in School.  A California elementary school is facing a possible lawsuit after a teacher allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child's Christmas candy canes and told him "Jesus is not allowed in school."  Last December, Isaiah Martinez brought his first grade classmates at Merced Elementary School candy canes.  Attached to each treat was a message explaining the religious legend surround the candies.  The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Christ.

Some Parents Upset After L.I. School Removes Religious References From 'Silent Night'.  The song "Silent Night" is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long Island.  Officials at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School removed several religious references, including "holy infant" and "Christ the savior," from the popular Christmas carol before a concert featuring fifth-graders last week, WCBS 880's Mike Xirinachs reported.  The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset.

Schools slams door on Santa.  Christmas in Connecticut feels a little less Christmas-y in one high school after a teacher told students they could not decorate the classroom door with Santa Claus or Christmas trees.  "This is political correctness run amuck," an outraged mom told me. [...] The parent who contacted me said it's pretty clear what the school is doing.  "Christmas seems targeted for persecution," she said.  "If Hanukkah or Kwanzaa were targeted like that there would be such outrage.  We're not allowed to be outraged that Christmas is being taken out of the classroom."

Seventh grader files lawsuit after school staff destroys prayer flyers.  A middle school student is fighting back after she was banned from posting flyers promoting "See You at the Pole," a prayer event that's held every year at public schools across the nation.  According to court documents, a school counselor 'forcefully' told the student, identified only as K.R., her flyers were "illegal," citing separation of church and state.

School Board Posts 17 Legal Talking Points for Limiting Religious Liberty.  Last week, CNSNews reported that a Georgia school in Bulloch County decided to confiscate the Christmas cards that were posted along the hallways over the Thanksgiving break.  Traditionally, the school always had Christmas cards posted, but school administrators decided to un-deck the halls.

Church-state battle envelops school choirs.  As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone's rights.  Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the "Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration" despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel.

50 Years Ago Today: Supreme Court Stops School-Sponsored Religious Activities.  Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional.  Prior to that decision, it was relatively common for children to begin the school day with a reading of Bible verses, though eleven states already had laws supporting Bible reading or prayer in schools overturned at the state level.  Abington School District v. Schempp resulted in an 8-1 decision that overturned a Pennsylvania law that required the reading of "[a]t least ten verses from the Holy Bible" and a recitation of the Lord's Prayer at the opening of each school day.

School Violated U.S. Constitution, Texas Law by Censoring Christian Valedictorian.  Joshua High School officials didn't just act like a school bully when they turned off a valedictorian's speech after the speaker mentioned Jesus.  They also violated Texas law and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Fox News' Todd Starnes reported that when a Christian valedictorian at Joshua High School referenced his faith in his graduation speech, school officials literally turned the microphone off.  The valedictorian has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy to become an officer, and Principal Mick Cochran threatened to write a letter to the Navy saying that this young man is of poor character, attempting to persuade the Navy to refuse allowing this talented student to attend.

Atheist group, angry mom go ballistic over prayer at pretend preschool commencement.  The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent a two-page letter to a school district in southeast Texas complaining about a preschool graduation ceremony begun with an unconstitutional prayer.  The controversial supplication occurred on May 31 in a classroom at Amelia Elementary School in Beaumont, reports local ABC affiliate KBMT.  A preschool student led the brief prayer, which ended with the words "In Jesus' name, Amen."  The student seems to have been following the instruction of a preschool teacher.

Crowd stunned after valedictorian rips up speech, recites Lord's prayer.  A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and delivered the Lord's prayer at his high school graduation on Saturday.  The act was apparently in protest of the Pickens County School District's decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies, Christian News reported.  Officials said the decision was made after the district was barraged with complaints by atheist groups.

Religion Is Not Welcome: How a Prayer Wrecked a Graduation.  School prayer and religion in public schools remains a hot button issue that has resulting in numerous court cases.  Many schools throughout the country are trying to delicately deal with religion during upcoming graduation activities.

Teens Decide to Fight Back Against Anti-Christian Bullies.  Late last year, a public school teacher in northern Idaho told students to write an essay titled, "I Believe."  But there was one caveat — the students were not allowed to write anything about God in their papers.  That act of religious censorship prompted a group of Christian students to start asking questions — and those questions led to the creation of a video that addresses Christian bullying in public schools.

High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God.  The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4x100-meter relay — by seven yards, no less — and had a shot at the state championship.  That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky.  Hayes's father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules.  And with that, the team was disqualified.

Teacher fired for showing his Bible.  A substitute teacher who lost his job for showing his Bible to a student has filed a complaint against the Phillipsburg School District.  Walt Tutka claims religious discrimination and retaliation as the reasons for his dismissal from the district in January, according to his complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kentucky county removing Ten Commandments from schools.  Breathitt County school officials say they are removing Ten Commandments displays from the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

Gay and Godless on the Public-School Stage.  Liberals who demand church-state separation would pitch a fit if a public school decided to perform a play that reverently told stories of the Old Testament, whether it was the story of creation, the story of Noah, or Moses or Joseph and his brothers.  But somehow, if a public school decides to put on a play mocking God and the Old Testament, that is not a church-state violation.  The separation police don't want religious (or atheist) minorities to face religious indoctrination in a public school.  But anti-religious indoctrination mocking the Judeo-Christian majority is a glorious festival of free speech.

The sanctioned abuse of the faith.  The mockery of Christianity, and not just the ridicule of individual Christians, has even won the sanction of the courts.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will sanction everything weird and contentious, ruled in 2011 that "hostility to religion" is OK, after a 16-year-old Mormon boy sued his teacher for ridiculing him for his beliefs, saying there was no more evidence of the works of God than "there is a giant spaghetti monster living behind the moon."  The class was expected to reward him with a hearty laugh.

School Bans the Word 'Easter'.  Boys and girls at an Alabama elementary school will still get to hunt for eggs — but they can't call them 'Easter Eggs' have the principal banished the word for the sake of religious diversity.  "We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school," said Heritage Elementary School principal Lydia Davenport.  "So we're just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody's differences."

Pope Francis: Schooling Without 'Religious Values' Can 'Lead to Cases Like Nazism'.  In a 2011 book, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, the new Pope Francis, stated that parents have a right to raise their children in accordance with their religious beliefs and that sometimes when the government intervenes to deprive young people of that religious element, it can produce terrible consequences, including "cases like Nazism" whereby many students were indoctrinated with views alien to those espoused their parents.

Professor Makes Students "Stomp on Jesus".  A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor's directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word "Jesus" written on it.  The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson in debate.  "I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated," student Ryan Rotela told television station WPEC.  "I truly see this as I'm being punished."

'Jesus Stomping' Professor is Democrat Party Vice-Chairman in Palm Beach County, FL.  Just in time for Holy Week are many reports about this controversial incident involving a local college professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida making his students literally stomp on paper after they were instructed to write the name Jesus on it.  However national media, while reporting on this incident, neglected to include the fact that the professor is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party as reported today by a popular and influential local business/political web site called Biz Pac Review.

Media fail: Stomp Jesus FAU professor is a Dem. Party official.  Florida Atlantic University professor Deandre Poole instructed his intercultural communications class earlier this month to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper, then drop it on the floor and stomp on it.  One student, a devout Mormon, was so so disturbed by the exercise that he complained to school officials, saying Poole had offended his religious convictions.  The school responded by suspending the student from the class.

University Apologizes for "Stomping on Jesus" Assignment.  Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology for a classroom assignment that involving students writing the name "Jesus" on a sheet of paper and then stomping on the paper.  The university also said the lesson will never again be used.

The Editor says...
Let's try the same assignment with "Mohammed" or "Martin Luther King" or even "Obama" on the paper and see what happens.

Scott to FAU: Explain this Jesus-stomping incident to me, please.  It started with a professor of intercultural communications (no, seriously) at state-run Florida Atlantic University requiring students to write the name Jesus in large block letters on a piece of paper, and then stomp on it.  One student — one? — refused to comply and told the professor that he would file a complaint over the assignment, which offended his religious beliefs.  The school promptly punished the student, who might still have been suspended had the case not attracted a large amount of media and legal attention, and hopefully a large number of jaws hitting the pavement.

Florida Atlantic issues new groveling apology over Jesus-stomping.  The Florida Atlantic University student who allegedly ran afoul of school administrators when he expressed discomfort with a professor's assignment to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word "Jesus," has won in an absolute rout.  As late as Monday [3/25/2013], Fox News Radio was reporting that the student, devout Mormon Ryan Rotela, faced a litany of academic charges involving "acts of verbal, written or physical abuse" and could no longer attend class.

Update:
University Reinstates 'Stomp Jesus' Professor.  A Florida Atlantic University professor who ordered his class to write the name 'Jesus' on pieces of paper and then stomp on it — will return to the classroom.  Deandre Poole had been placed on leave in March — not because of the assignment — but because of his personal safety.  The university said he will only teach online courses for the time being due to security concerns.  And the controversial course will no longer be taught.

The Editor says...
From this we can surmise that the school's administrators don't have a problem with Professor Poole's actions — they just have security concerns and a public relations mess on their hands.

Why Public Schools Should Teach the Bible:  [Scroll down]  The Bible has affected the world for centuries in innumerable ways, including art, literature, philosophy, government, philanthropy, education, social justice and humanitarianism.  One would think that a text of such significance would be taught regularly in schools.  Not so.  That is because of the "stumbling block" (the Bible again) that is posed by the powers that be in America.  It's time to change that, for the sake of the nation's children.  It's time to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the teaching of the Bible in public schools as a primary document of Western civilization.

Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible.  A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student — and upon request gave the child a Bible.

Washington University holds porn star panel in main university chapel.  At Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, students are perpetually lamenting the fact that their excellent Midwestern school isn't mentioned more often with Ivy-caliber powerhouses.  Well, this story probably isn't going to help.

No exams on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?.  The university's latest "Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations" — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions.  It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much.

Teacher Forced to Remove Reagan Quote, Bible Verses.  A New York public school teacher who advised a school Bible Study club has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her school district after she was forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan.  Joelle Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a "counseling letter" signed by her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired.

Teacher Reprimanded for Giving Bible to Student.  Walter Tutka is in big trouble.  The substitute teacher, who has served for years in the Phillipsburg, New Jersey, school district, is facing suspension after school officials learned that he gave a Bible to a student during a lunch hour on October 12.

Huckabee To Fox: 'Should We Be Surprised' About School Carnage When We've 'Removed God From Schools'?  "It's an interesting thing," [Mike] Huckabee said.  "We ask why there's violence in our schools but we've systematically removed God from our schools.  Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?  Because we've made it a place where we do not want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability.  That we're not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us, but we stand one day before a holy God in judgment."

School Orders 6-year-old to Remove 'God' From Poem.  A North Carolina community is embroiled in controversy after a school ordered a six-year-old girl to remove the word "God" from a poem that she was supposed to read during a Veteran's Day ceremony.  The girl is a first-grader at West Marion Elementary School.  She was supposed to read a poem written to honor her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam War.

School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem.  When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist.  Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was going to read at her school's Veterans Day assembly earlier this month.  The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during the Vietnam War.

Atheists cry foul over 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.  Charlie Brown's Christmas is on the outs at an elementary school in Little Rock, Ark. — at least among atheists who are calling foul over a planned student trip to see a stage production of the beloved Peanuts story.  The trouble began when students at Terry Elementary School brought home letters detailing the trip to see "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at a local church, according to a report from Arkansas' KARK.  A parent who had a problem with the play's content notified the local atheist group of the field trip.

The Bible as a Textbook.  Every licensed and certified teacher in this country knows that America's first textbook was the Bible; yes, years before McGuffey's Reader was even a thought, children in this country learned to read and write using the Bible.  Yet there is far more to this story than the founders declaring America as a Christian nation or even the Bible being the first textbook for students.  We suggest what is between the covers is so valuable to our youth particularly those who are in elementary school.

When God Left the Classroom.  When we baby-boomers were kids, we started each and every day of our elementary-school education with a nondenominational prayer.  It felt so safe, so familiar, so secure.  It was simply a statement that Something in this world was bigger than we were and that Someone up there was watching over us.  Being nondenominational, no mention was made of what each child called a Father in heaven.  To a little kid in elementary school, it didn't matter.  Each child knew what the Deity was called in his or her life, and this prayer was simply an extension of what kids were taught at home.  Then came a new wave in America.  God became taboo; every group in this country not represented by a religious organization rebelled and fought to keep God out of the public schools.

Is the Bible a Textbook?  The Bible was the textbook of early America, as it has been for Christians throughout the centuries.  Today, however, it is fashionable and sophisticated to assert that the Bible is not a textbook of biology, or of politics, or of economics, or of whatever discipline the sophisticate happens to be considering.

History of America's Education Part 3.  It may surprise many to know that the Bible was truly the first textbook.  The New Haven Code of 1655 required that children be made "able duly to read the Scriptures... and in some competent measure to understand the main grounds and principles of Christian Religion necessary to salvation."

The Bible in Schools.  In a day and age when our society embraces moral relativism and religious relativism, in a day and age when these demented philosophies have produced more major problems than we seem to be able to grapple with, and in a day and age that refuses to turn to God in the midst of escalating licentiousness and decadence, the words of our wise forefathers need so much to be considered and applied.

The Editor says...
I doubt if one public school student out of a hundred could define licentiousness, even though they see it every day.

Judge expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit.  A judge stopped an East Texas school district on Thursday [10/18/2012] from barring cheerleaders from quoting Bible verses on banners at high school football games, saying the policy appears to violate their free speech rights.

Bah, humbug! No Christmas play here.  Yes, in another one of those "only in Davis" moments, officials of the Davis Joint Unified School District have stepped in to cancel Emerson Junior High School's production of a stage version of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic, "A Christmas Carol."  The reason:  that ugly word "Christmas."  Students in the play were informed of the decision at Monday's [10/8/2012] rehearsal.

The irreconcilable conflict.  [Scroll down]  Consider first American values, as seen from an ACLU point of view.  Our establishment holds that not only is there to be a wall of separation between church and state, all symbols of religious belief are to be expunged from public institutions and the public square. [...] From America's schools, religion has been relentlessly purged.  No prayers, no Bibles, no Christian symbols, no Ten Commandments.  And into these godless madrassas of modernity has come compulsory sex education starting in the early grades, with condoms handed out to the sexually active.

Atheist Group Attacks Schools in Tennessee, Mississippi Over Prayer at Athletic Events.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has gained its reputation (and a tidy living for its employees) by suing school districts and municipalities over public prayer, has chosen schools in Mississippi and Tennessee as its latest targets.  According to the Mississippi Press website, the Wisconsin-based atheist group has threatened all 151 Mississippi school superintendents with lawsuits if they allow prayer over public address systems during school football games.

Group Aims to Silence Prayer at Football Games.  Weekends in the Deep South are anchored by two long-cherished traditions — church on Sunday and football on Friday.  And it's no surprise that in many Southern cities and towns football and faith go hand-in-hand.  That is certainly the case in Southaven, Miss. where football season generates a revival-like fervor — where traditions are treasured.  For decades, before the first pigskin was passed, before the glee club sang of the "rocket's red glare," the crowd would be summoned to their feet.  Hats were removed.  Heads were bowed.  And for just a moment — a hush fell over the stadium as a student delivered an invocation.

Secular Humanism: America's Establishment of Religion.  Although the U.S. Constitution forbids the creation of a national establishment of religion, the closest we have come to the creation of such an establishment is that of Secular Humanism, the worldview philosophy that now governs the curriculum of our tax-funded public schools.  Some humanists claim that secular humanism is a religion; other humanists claim that it isn't.  However, In March 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand ruled that Secular Humanism was a religion.  Indeed, Phyllis Schlafly, a graduate of Harvard Law School, wrote in 1980, "Secular Humanism has become the established religion in the U.S. public school system."

Public schools: teaching reading, writing, and... the Koran?  You can't have a moment of silence in public school anymore because someone is offended.  People are pushing to have the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance stopped because it has "God" in it.  Christmas trees are removed, Christmas pageants are renamed "holiday pageants", and every shred of Christianity is being removed, bit by bit, by those who scream "separation of church and state!"  Yet in Minneapolis at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school, children are being taught Islam and the Koran on the public taxpayers dime, and no one questions it or says a word.

School Removes 'God' From "We Are The World".  A Virginia school district is facing a mountain of criticism after a grade school music teacher edited references to God in an upcoming performance of the song "We Are The World" so that non-Christians would not be offended.

The American separation of church and state is a myth — just ask Barack Obama.  In Massachusetts, an elementary school found itself in trouble this week when it cut the word "God" out of a rendition of "God Bless the USA."  Singer Lee Greenwood, who first released the tune in 1984, was furious.  He said, that "God" was "The most important word in the whole piece of music," and pointed out that that it's regularly played at naturalization ceremonies.  Yet officials at the Stall Brook Elementary School obviously thought that there was no place even for the word "God" in a public (for Brits read "state funded") school.

Mass. school cancels concert over "God Bless the USA" lyrics change.  A Massachusetts elementary school has dropped plans for students to sing songs at a school presentation after parents objected to a change in the lyrics of a popular patriotic song.

Lee Greenwood: We can't take God out of the song.  Lee Greenwood, the singer of "God Bless the U.S.A.," responded to the Massachusetts elementary school that removed the word "God" from his popular patriotic song, and then amid controversy pulled the song altogether from the children's concert.

Bellingham Elementary School Changes "God Bless the USA" to "We Love the USA".  It's a popular song spanning several decades, lined with patriotism.  However, one Massachusetts school wanted to change the words to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." to remove the religious reference.  Our FOX affiliate in Boston, WFXT-TV, is reporting that officials at the Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham wanted to change some of the lyrics to Greenwood's song during an upcoming school production.

School Threatens to Remove Student From Honors Society Over Church Work.  A Virginia high school is threatening to remove a student from the National Honor Society because she completed her community service work at a local church.  The 17-year-old senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology filed a federal lawsuit claiming that she is a victim of religious discrimination.

Update:
School Reinstates Honor Student Punished Over Religious Service Work.  A Virginia school district said they would reverse a decision to remove a student from the National Honor Society just hours after the student filed a federal lawsuit accusing the district of religious discrimination.

School Vs. Church: Fairfax Backs Down.  Religious freedom and an about face for Fairfax County schools.  A high school honor student sued the school district after an advisor refused to credit her for volunteer hours she served at her church.  But now the schools have decided to give the unnamed girl the credits — and reinstate her to the honor society.

UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion.  A 2010 Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, is beginning to wreak havoc with the accepted standard (and the First Amendment right to free assembly) that student organizations can restrict membership and leadership roles to those who accept their basic beliefs.  Just a few weeks after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened a task force to explore eliminating the right to exclude non-believers, a second UNC school has started down that path.

Lawsuit: University Ordered Christian Club to Allow Non-Christian Leaders.  The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has ordered a Christian club to allow non-Christians as leaders and members, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday [2/29/2012].  "The university has given itself the authority to determine whether a group is religious or not," said Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund.

Ten Commandments in school? Georgia House unanimously votes yes.  The Associated Press reports that the bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Tommy Benton, passed the state House unanimously Tuesday [2/28/2012] on a 161-0 vote, and is well-positioned to pass the state Senate.  Benton, a retired middle-school teacher, argues that the commandments are of great educational and historical value, and a key influence on the American legal system.  His bill notes that a "basic knowledge of American constitutional history is important to the formation of civic virtue in our society."

Why is school prayer only allowed during tragedies?  Liberals have successfully banished God from the classroom, replacing Him with the manmade god of secularism.  Yet in times of great tragedy, school leaders inevitably seek guidance and solace from the same God they've expelled.

Is Obama's America God's Country?  An early triumph of secularism came with the Scopes trial in 1923 in Dayton, Tenn. Clarence Darrow, defending a teacher who had violated state law by introducing Darwin's theory of evolution into the classroom, mocked the Old Testament teachings of the Evangelical Christians, to the merriment of the establishment.  From that day on, Darwinism was taught in our schools, first as theory, then as fact, then as higher truth.  With the Darwinian tenet — we evolved, we were not created — established truth in the public schools, secularism set about driving its enemy, Christianity, out completely.  Under the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s, it succeeded.  All Christian commandments, holidays, prayers, pageants and plays were gone.

ACLU, atheist teen cheer decision to remove school prayer banner.  The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union and an atheist teen, who was offended by the display of a 49-year-old prayer banner at her high school, are claiming victory after a school committee decided not to continue defending the banner.  In a 5-2 vote, the Cranston School Committee decided Thursday evening [2/16/2012] not to appeal last month's federal ruling on a Rhode Island ACLU lawsuit filed on behalf of atheist Cranston High School West junior Jessica Ahlquist.  The lawsuit demanded the removal of that banner.

One more reason to resort to home schooling:
Sheboygan elementary school bars student from giving religious valentines.  In preparation for Valentine's Day, second-grader Dexter Thielhelm worked with his mom and siblings to create valentines of candy and a special message of love for his friends at James Madison Elementary School.  He filled empty water bottles with candy and included a rolled-up verse from the Bible with the message, "Jesus loves you."  The valentines never reached the hands of his friends, however, because school officials collected them before they could be distributed.

Praying for guidance.  The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows school boards to allow students to give inspirational messages, which is to say pray, at student functions held in public schools.  The House is taking up a similar measure.  The bill is carefully worded, and we believe it will be found constitutional.

Judge orders removal of school prayer mural.  A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a Christian prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island high school, saying it violated a U.S. constitutional ban on state-sponsored prayer in public schools.  U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux rejected the school's claims that the message in the mural — which opens with "Our Heavenly Father" and closes with "Amen" — was purely secular.

We Know More About Jesus's Birth Than Obama's.  At least since Darwin, cynics like [Paul] Mirecki have been working to subvert Christianity under the guise of religious studies.  The notorious, 150-scholar strong "Jesus Seminar" would seem to have no higher calling.  As the record will show, however, the subversives have not succeeded.  The story of Jesus's birth, as well as his death, remains as rooted in the historical record as it was before these researchers began their unholy labors.

TN School Tells Coaches Not to Bow Heads During Prayer.  Football coaches in Sumner County, Tennessee, are in trouble for bowing their heads during a student-led prayer. ... Step by step democrats are erasing Chrisitianity from American culture.

ACLU Suing School District for Ten Commandments Display.  The ACLU is targeting a Virginia school district for displaying the Ten Commandments in one of its high schools.  "The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit [September 13th] against Giles County School Board in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on behalf of an unidentified Narrows High School student and the student's parent," reported the Washington Post.  "The lawsuit says the display unconstitutionally promotes a specific religious faith and serves no secular purpose."

The Editor asks...
Which "specific religious faith" is promoted by the display of the Ten Commandments?  It is common to both Judaism and Christianity.  The ACLU is painting with a very broad brush.

Telling the Time without Jesus.  "Australia's new school curriculum will swap all "BC" and "AD" textbook references with the more politically correct "BCE" (Before Common Era) and "CE" (Common Era) terms, a decision that is prompting anger from many Christians. ... The removal of the Christian Saviour from the classroom isn't just underway in Australia.  It has been in the works, worldwide, for decades.

Lawsuit Filed Against Texas School District to Stop Prayer During Graduation.  A federal lawsuit was filed Friday [5/27/2011] by the Americans United for Separation of Church and State to prevent a Texas school district from allowing prayer during graduation, according to FoxSanAntonio.com. ... The group wants the school district to remove a student-led invocation and benediction, but the school district says that the remarks do not violate any laws or school policy, according to the Express.

Court lifts ban on graduation prayer.  The ruling Friday [6/3/2011] reverses the decision of a lower court that sided with an agnostic family who sued the school district.

Update:
Another Vote On School Prayer.  For the fourth year in a row, Missouri lawmakers will make another attempt to pass legislation to allow prayer in public schools and government buildings.  The bill was passed in Senate Committee unanimously.  The House has already passed the legislation and some lawmakers are optimistic the full Senate will follow suit.

Prayer service at city school called improper.  A Baltimore principal's decision to use prayer in preparation for recent statewide tests is drawing criticism as improperly mixing religion and public education. ... An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, called the event a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits organized prayer in public school settings.

The Editor says...
Show me the section of the U.S. Constitution that "prohibits organized prayer in public school settings."  There is nothing in the Constitution that says any such thing; in fact, the First Amendment guarantees "the free exercise thereof."

UK e-mails detail concern over scientist's faith.  University of Kentucky scientists wondered to each other in internal e-mails if an astronomer's Christian faith would interfere with a prestigious job as the director of a new student observatory, according to court records in the man's discrimination case set for trial in February.

HS test 'slams' Christianity, lauds Islam.  State testmakers played favorites when quizzing high-schoolers on world religions — giving Islam and Buddhism the kid-gloves treatment while socking it to Christianity, critics say.  Teachers complain that the reading selections from the Regents exam in global history and geography given last week featured glowing passages pertaining to Muslim society but much more critical essay excerpts on the subject of Christianity.

MCLU v. TiZA, cont'd.  We've written a lot about the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy K-8 public charter school in suburban St. Paul.  It appears to be is an Islamic school operating illegally at taxpayer expense.  Among other things, the school's principal is an imam and almost all of its students are Muslim.  It is housed in a building that was owned originally by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.  The study of Arabic is required at the school.  The Arabic comes in handy for the Koranic studies that follow the regular school day.  The ACLU Minnesota has brought a lawsuit challenging the legality of the school's operation on public funds; the lawsuit is pending in federal court in Minnesota.

Parents outraged over finance class reading.  The parents of a Bedford teen are calling for the ouster of school officials who assigned their son a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist."  "We had almost PhD people letting this fumble through their fingers, and they all said it was grand," said Dennis Taylor, a conservative Christian.  "I think there should be a review of these individuals and perhaps some firing done."

'Diversity' Perversity:  NY Schools Teaching Whitewashed Islamic History.  The egregious bias in this exam, and its structured, requisite evaluation by teachers, is transparent and disturbing.  Two examples of complementary "Official Historical Documents" which students are required to read and discuss — one pertaining to Islamic Spain, the other Reconquista Christian Spain — along with very specific teacher evaluation guidelines they must satisfy for the best grade, epitomize the naked indoctrination being promoted.

Islamist Propaganda in the K-12 Classrom.  A highly disturbing phenomenon is rising in our public school system today with hardly a peep of protest from parents and from our society at large:  students are being force-fed a curious and bizarre narrative that presents Islam in a glowing — and historically mangled — light, while Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition are demonized and smeared.

Christian student sues ASU.  An Augusta State University graduate student is facing dismissal from the university's counseling program unless she silences her convictions on homosexuality and gender identity, according to court documents filed Wednesday.  Jennifer Keeton, 24, plans to press forward with her lawsuit against the university if she is not allowed to retain her biblical viewpoints and remain a graduate student at ASU, according to the complaint filed by the Alliance Defense Fund.

Choose:  Christ or your Masters Degree.  I recently read a thought provoking article about the issue of growing religious persecution of Christians on an American University Campus that likely happens on other campuses.  Should this graduate student at Augusta State University have to believe a prescribed political ideology disguised as a code of ethics in order to receive a counseling degree?  Or should that student have the right to her freedom of speech and religion, and an equal opportunity in society?

Bashing Christians at the University of Florida.  Fraternities that host beer bashes are more than welcome at the University of Florida.  A Christian fraternity is not welcome.  But that's about to change.  The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the university to recognize Beta Upsilon Chi.  The Christian fraternity had been banned from the Greek system because they require members to be Christians.  That's religious discrimination, according to the University of Florida.

Illinois University Professor Fired for Being Catholic.  [Scroll down]  And so it is that a Catholic professor at the University of Illinois has recently had his employment terminated.  What for?  The university hired him to teach two courses, Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, during the course of which he had the effrontery to educate his students in the natural law philosophy which informs the Catholic Church's teaching that homosexual acts are sinful.  That's philosophy, not theology.

Illiberal Education.  Kenneth Howell was booted from his job at the University of Illinois for teaching Catholicism.  His job at the University of Illinois, as it happens, was teaching Catholicism.  After more than two months of controversy over a firing that should have never have happened, he has been offered his job back.  The turnaround underscores the scandal that continues at core institutions of our Western culture.  The incident exposes, once again, the lie that is the popular conception of "tolerance," so conventionally in vogue and by no coincidence a tenet of left-wing ideology.

Update:
University Reinstates Professor Terminated for Teaching Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality.  A professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), who was purportedly accused of "hate speech" and relieved of his teaching duties for teaching Catholic doctrine on homosexuality in his introductory class on Catholicism, will be allowed to teach the class again this fall.

School District Sued for Banning Bibles on Religious Freedom Day.  For years, the Collier County School district allowed a local Christian organization, World Changers of Florida, to distribute free Bibles to interested students during off-school hours on January 16 for Religious Freedom Day.  Now the group is filing suit after being told by the school board that it can no longer distribute the Bibles on campus because they do not provide any educational benefit to the students.

Connecticut School Removes Lord Reference in High School Diplomas.  Seniors at a New Haven, Conn., high school will not be graduating "in the year of our Lord" this year — or any future years, according to the superintendent of schools.  The school district has removed the traditional phrase from high school diplomas after someone complained.

Michigan school practices 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.  A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.  The predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started last week.

The Editor says...
Keep in mind this is going on at a public school.  Imagine the outcry if the schedule were rearranged to accomodate a Christian (or Jewish) holiday season.  The "theocracy" alarmists would be out in full force, and within days, the Christians would be told that they simply can't be accomodated.  In Texas, football trumps almost everything, and the wishes of the minorities trump everything else.  In Michigan, apparently, Islam trumps almost everything, and football trumps the remainder.

God in Our Classrooms.  James Madison acknowledged God's favor in our founding in Federalist 37 referring to "a finger of that almighty hand, which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."  I dare say that men like Madison and Cushing would not recognize the America of today, filled with politicians afraid to confess their faith or educators fearful of offending the sensibilities of their students with any mention of God.

Banning prayer in schools hurts public morality.  My first memory of the 23rd Psalm is not from hearing it in a church, but in school.  I distinctly remember hearing a Miss Pemberton in my kindergarten class.  The year must have been 1956, maybe 1957. ... What harm did the reading of all those passages of the 23rd Psalm do to me?  The answer is none at all.

Judge:  Church Graduations are Unconstitutional.  It's unclear what was more offensive — the cross or the stained glass.  Regardless, a federal judge ruled two Connecticut high school cannot hold their graduation ceremonies inside a church — because it would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

Court OKs barring religious music at graduation.  The justices denied a 12th-grade musician's appeal of a ruling in September by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  The appeals court said school officials' decision to keep the graduation program secular was a reasonable effort to avoid a constitutional controversy and did not violate students' rights.

Islamic Indoctrination vs. Education:  Under their curriculum on the Ancient World, the New York State public schools as well as many other states around the country, require students to be taught about Islam, the spread of Islam, the Golden Age of Islam and the conflict between Muslims and Christians as part of the Crusades.  That topic almost always turns political and accusatory when Muslims get very emotional about their history, jihad and religion.  Islam by nature is extremely political and promotes a very elaborate legal system that Muslims must live under.  To accommodate Islamic education with Western principals of freedom and the Bill of Rights is an impossible task.  The two ideologies are at opposite poles in terms of the role of government, human rights, as well as women and minority rights.

Imagine No God in Our Nation's Classrooms.  All high school math teacher Bradley Johnson wanted to do was honor our nation's history and religious heritage the same way he always had.  For twenty five years, a red, white and blue-striped banner adorned his classroom walls with national maxims such as "In God We Trust," "One Nation Under God," "God Bless America," and "God Shed his Grace On Thee."  A second banner accompanied it, containing an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, "All Men are Created Equal and They Are Endowed by Their Creator."  But displaying a portion of the Declaration of Independence and other national mottos was just too offensive to the Poway Unified School District in San Diego.

Indiana School Removes 'Allah' From Holiday Show After Protests.  An elementary school in Indiana reportedly removed a mention of Allah in its holiday show after protests from a national conservative Christian group.  Lantern Road Elementary Principal Danielle Thompson told IndyStar.com that school officials in Fishers, Ind., attempted to teach inclusiveness through the second-grade program that included portions on Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa.

The Editor says...
One thing is certain:  The kids will grow up without any religious foundation if they are taught that all religions are equally valid and interchangeable.

Mayor:  School boss should apologize to boy who drew cross.  Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley called School Superintendent Julie Hackett from his vacation today [12/15/2009] and asked her to apologize both privately and publicly to the family of an 8-year-old special needs student sent home from school and ordered to undergo psychological testing after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross.

Kid Draws Jesus; Required To Undergo A Psychological Evaluation.  Shortly after attending the lovely Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts, an eight year old boy with special needs drew a picture of Jesus in class.  The teacher had asked students to draw something that reminded them of Christmas, so the boy drew a stick figure Jesus.  Because of that picture, the boy was sent home from school for drawing a "violent" picture and he was required to undergo a psychological evaluation.

This was also posted on the zero tolerance page.

Court OKs barring religious tunes at graduation.  A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday [9/8/2009] upheld a school district's refusal to let a band play a religious piece at a high school graduation, saying the superintendent had reasonably decided to avoid a constitutional controversy by ordering a secular program.

What Johnny Needs to Learn about Islam.  In the past, American textbooks were prone to two great pitfalls:  Either they dealt with Islam superficially or they presented it in the manner preferred and promoted by well-funded defenders of Islamic extremism.  A hallmark of that latter view is an emphasis on the unity of Islam, which is portrayed as simple, monolithic, and benign.  The wide range of belief and practice between Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Islam, to name only the best-known variations, is downplayed, and the problems of Islam, especially violent jihad, are simply left out.

Appeals Court:  School district can ban Christmas carols.  The federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld a New Jersey school district's ban on religious songs during the Christman holiday season.  In their ruling, three judges of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals noted that such songs were once common in public schools, but that times have changed.

The Editor says...
Perhaps the times have changed, but the First Amendment has not changed.

Cheerleaders' religious signs draw fire.  Community members are rallying around Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School cheerleaders after they were banned from displaying signs with Bible verses urging fans and players to "commit to the Lord" and "take courage and do it."  The banners — the paper ones that football players crash through at the beginning of games — have been common sights in the school's football stadium since 2003, local officials say.

Schoolhouse Shariah.  California's educrats have put out new rules for teaching Islamic studies to seventh-graders in public schools, and they are as biased as ever.  They'll also likely spread eastward.  The lesson guidelines adopted by the bellwether state whitewash the violence and oppression of women codified in Islamic law, or Shariah.  And they're loaded with revisionist history about the faith.

Religious Liberty Stops at the Schoolhouse Door.  In public school classrooms across the country, religious liberty is under assault.  Last month in Florida, two Christian student leaders at Pace High School were barred from speaking at their graduation ceremony due to fears they might mention their faith in violation of a court order stemming from an anti-religious lawsuit filed by the ACLU. ... In Pennsylvania, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an order banning Donna Kay Busch from reading passages from her son Wesley's favorite book — the Bible — as part of his show-and-tell presentation.  And in Texas, the Chairman of the State School Board was recently ousted when the Senate decided that his kooky creationist beliefs constituted a tangible threat to young minds everywhere.

Illinois Moment of Silence Ruled Unconstitutional.  A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state.  "The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday. ... Adam Schwartz, senior staff counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the organization was pleased with the decision "to strike down a statewide law that coerced children to pray as part of an organized activity in our public schools."

The Editor says...
Since when is silence considered a religion?

The atheist indoctrination project:  It seems atheists have developed a comprehensive strategy to win the minds of the next generation.  The strategy can be described simply:  let the religious people breed them, and we will educate them to despise their parents' beliefs.  Many people think that the secularization of the minds of our young people is the inevitable consequence of learning and maturing.  In fact, it is to a large degree orchestrated by teachers and professors to promote anti-religious agendas.

Liberal Censorship and Its Roots:  [Scroll down slowly]  I believe this arrogant attitude can largely be traced to the top-down indoctrination in our schools, cultural institutions and media that liberalism is morally superior because it is tolerant, diverse, intellectual and enlightened.  This view holds that conservative expression doesn't deserve constitutional protection because it is inherently evil.  As one liberal academic administrator said in justifying his Draconian action in suppressing a Christian viewpoint, "We cannot tolerate the intolerable."

Freedom to be illiterate:  The Song of Solomon and the Sermon on the Mount, which have inspired creative genius for centuries, are denied to students in public high schools because the faiths from which they spring continue to thrive.

Rutherford Institute Issues Guidelines for Graduation Commencements.  The Rutherford Institute has issued guidelines for constitutionally permissible ways to incorporate prayer and religious expression into graduation ceremonies without violating the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as well as certain practices that should be avoided.

ACLU Cannot Force School Districts to Censor Graduations.  The graduating seniors at the six high schools in the Ouachita Parish School District voted to have a fellow student give a message during this week's graduation ceremonies.  Up in arms over the possibility the students will include religious themes or prayer at graduation, the ACLU issued a letter accusing the district of "trying to do an end-run around the Constitution with the so-called student-led prayers."  The ACLU wants the district to censor prayer and religious messages from graduation, even if presented by students.

Schools May Answer in Court for Censoring Students' Christian Messages.  A Christian attorney says a Colorado high school was wrong to withhold a valedictorian's diploma because her commencement speech encouraged people to learn about Jesus Christ.

School officials reverse earlier decision; now will run yearbook ad that mentions 'God'.  Officials at one California public high school will pay thousands of dollars in printing costs to restore religious references to a yearbook ad after parents complained their rights were violated.

Forward this Column or Get Stuck on Stupid.  If your kid comes home from college one day and tells you that your Christian faith is stupid, welcome to the world in which I live.  The college environment does that to our kids.  It makes good Christian students stupid.  By that I mean it turns them into liberals, atheists, or both.

Coach loses job amid Muslim-Christian concerns.  A high school principal in Dearborn, Mich., has dismissed a longtime wrestling coach after complaints from Muslim parents that the coach's former assistant — an evangelical Christian pastor — was trying to convert Muslim students into Christians. … Imad Fadlallah, head of Fordson High School, decided this month not to renew the contract of Marszalek, who has coached wrestling at Fordson for 35 years.

Christians Under Attack by Government School Bureaucrats.  Oak Lawn, Illinois, school kids are going to have to do without Halloween, Christmas and Easter activities thanks to the sensitive bureaucrats who fear offending Muslims.  The schools' administrators claim they've received a number complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students. … Observers say they expect that this latest announcement is going to increase the tension that has been building since school officials agreed at the start of the school year to adjust the students' lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate the Muslim students.

Mention God?  Don't you dare.  Brittany McComb, valedictorian of Foothill High School in Clark County, Nevada, stood up at her graduation and began to speak.  A few paragraphs into her speech, school administrators cut off McComb's microphone.  She didn't tell a dirty joke.  She didn't curse.  She didn't insult her classmates or her teachers.  Brittany McComb committed the egregious sin of attempting to thank God and Jesus.

Christ at Commencement.  The most active force in suppressing speech at high school graduation ceremonies is the ACLU.

Did someone mention the ACLU?

Muslim student, ACLU fight graduation prayer.  17-year-old:  'Terms like Jesus Christ, heavenly father … were offensive to me'.

Virginia High School Forbids Pictures of People Praying.  A Yorktown, Virginia, public high school is facing a federal lawsuit after stripping Christian-themed posters off a teacher's wall.  The school plans to argue that the posters are inappropriate because they portray presidents George Washington and George W. Bush in prayer.

School flap over 'prayer', PA system leads to lawsuit.  The Alliance Defense Fund is suing the Deer Valley Unified School District for not allowing a Christian student group to use the school's PA system.  Mountain Ridge High School's Common Cause Club wanted to invited students to a prayer meeting after school.

Veteran teacher sues employer over prohibition of 'Judeo-Christian' banners.  A Christian teacher is suing a San Diego school district he has taught in for three decades, accusing it of purging classrooms of the country's religious heritage and history.  The district ordered the teacher to remove banners from his classroom walls that included mottos and slogans promoting what school officials consider a "Judeo-Christian" viewpoint.

Child's 'Jesus' drawing crux of federal lawsuit.  All Antonio Peck wanted to do was to show that his faith in Jesus played a part in his concern for the environment.  But the poster he drew caught the attention of school officials, who decided that the "Jesus" half of the poster needed to be folded under before it went on display.

The Rights of Religious Student Groups in Public Schools.  As students across the country return to the classroom, they will encounter a social climate that continues to become more tolerant toward various "alternative lifestyles."  At times, however, it seems that mainstream America has become more tolerant toward every social group except Christians who are vocal about their faith.  In a wide array of contexts, including the public school system, the rights of Christians to verbalize their faith in the public arena have been under attack.

The Legality of using the Bible in school curriculum:  When some people are trying to completely remove the Bible from schools, students' rights are being violated.  Textbook publishers are censoring history when they give us misrepresented versions, empty of religion.  Chief Justice Warren Berger said that the Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state.  It mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance of all religions and forbids hostility toward any.

5-year old censored by NY school will get his day in court.  5-year old Antonio Peck had no idea when he turned in his homework assignment — a poster about protecting the environment — that it would land him in federal court. … It featured, among other things, a cut out picture of Jesus — something he reportedly thought applicable to the environment, and the assignment.

Kindergarten Teacher Censors Child.  A kindergartener was rebuffed in front of the class as the girl read from a Christian book.  It was the child's turn to be "star of the week." … About half way through this sharing time, the instructor interrupted the child and told the girl she needed to read her other book because pupils weren't allowed to read books about God in class.

Lawyer wants Jesus off school wall.  An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer has asked a West Virginia high school to remove a picture of Jesus Christ that has hung at the school for 40 years.

Plano School District Votes to Settle Christian Club's Discrimination Suit.  As part of an effort to settle a discrimination lawsuit, a Dallas-area public school district has decided to stop discriminating against a student-led Christian club.

Schools are distorting Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, a time to reflect on the many blessings bestowed on this great nation while enjoying the company of family and friends.  It's hard to imagine that anyone could consider the celebration controversial or feel the need to censor Thanksgiving discussions among schoolchildren.  But when it comes to political correctness, no holiday is safe.

Rant and chant:  No one at the public university objected to the class ending with incense, candles, and prayers.  After all, these weren't Christian prayers.

Stealing Black History:  Deleting God from the black experience in America is cutting the heart out of a people's story.

4th-graders to "celebrate" the dead:  Kids will put together an altar and bring in photos of deceased relatives and pets.

 Update:   District sued over "Day of the Dead":  The United States Justice Foundation argues in a lawsuit that McNear Elementary and the Petaluma City School District are violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by promoting religion.

College Sued for Bias Against Men, Religion.

Lawsuit Challenges NJ Schools' Christmas Music Ban.  A New Jersey school system has been sued over its ban on traditional Christmas music.  The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a parent and his two children, challenging the Maplewood Public School District's prohibition of all religious music.  The lawsuit contends that the district's policy was implemented to prevent students and student groups from playing traditional Christmas music at school events during the 2004 holiday season.

Liberals' efforts to purge "Christmas" have backfired.  This is nothing to do with Christianity.  "A Christmas Carol" is a secular work — there's no more God or Jesus in it than there is in "White Christmas."  And, if works of music that reference God are banned from schools, that cuts out a big chunk of the aural glories of this world, including the best of Bach and Mozart.  Forbidding children from being exposed to Handel and Dickens is an act of vandalism and, in the end, will eliminate any rationale for a public education system.

ACLJ's Position on Education:  Perhaps more than in any other arena, Christians find that their values and beliefs are under continual attack in the nation's public schools.  Although there are exceptions throughout the country, as a rule, the public educational establishment increasingly embraces liberal ideology and secularism, sometimes to the point of hostility against religion, particularly Christianity.

Can the Bible be Used as Part of the Curriculum of the School?  Yes!  In Stone v. Graham [449 U.S. 39 (1980)], the Supreme Court said, "the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like."

School Rebuked for Barring Anti-Sodomy Clergy from Event.  A Michigan high school is paying a high price for censoring a Catholic student's views against homosexuality during the school's annual "Diversity Week" program.  Last December, Judge Gerald Rosen ruled that Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor violated the United States Constitution's establishment clause by holding a one-sided forum on "Homosexuality and Religion" that only included pro-homosexual clergy members.  The school rejected student Betsy Hansen's request to include a panel member who would express her Roman Catholic views against homosexuality.

School District Contends State Law Requires It To Discriminate Against Religious Groups.  California state law requires that public school facilities be open to the public for after-school use.  Although the District complies with this law, it established a discriminatory usage fee in which religious groups are charged but secular groups are not.  The District Policy forbids free use of school facilities for "services and events conducted by religious groups."

District censures worker for "prayer e-mail":  An e-mail that passed along President Bush's proclamation of the National Day of Prayer got a Dallas public school employee in trouble with her supervisors, according to a federal lawsuit filed yesterday by the public interest firm American Center for Law and Justice.

"Easter" dropped from food drive:  A high school volunteer food drive that was forced to change its name wrapped up yesterday [3/18/2002] before one student succeeded in his goal of resurrecting its proposed title:  "Easter Canned Drive."

Critics sue N.M. school district over sculpture featuring crosses.  The Las Cruces public school district is being sued over a sculpture at a sports complex that includes three crosses.

Squelching of Campus Christian Club Spawns Lawsuit Against UNC-Chapel Hill.  The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is being sued over its decision to deny recognition to a Christian student club because members refused to sign a "diversity" clause.

Mom Sues After Bible Reading Barred at Her Child's School.  Last October, Donna Busch was invited to visit her son Wesley's kindergarten class in Philadelphia and to take part in "Me Week."  As the featured student of the week, Wesley was allowed to choose his favorite book and have his mother read an excerpt from it aloud to the class at Culbertson Elementary.  But when Wesley chose the Bible as his preferred book, his mother was barred from reading a passage from Psalm 118 because of its religious content.

Recess not time for Bible study, schools attorney says.  Students may not read their Bibles during recess, according to an attorney for the Knox County public school system in Tennessee.  So why then did this only become an issue when several students asked to hold a recess-time Bible study?

School administrator to student:  "Leave your faith in the car".  A federal civil rights lawsuit charges that the Poway Unified School District violated the constitutional rights of a student and censored his free speech.  The school district threatened further punishment and suspended the student for expressing his religious faith on a T-shirt during a school day designated to promote homosexual behavior.  A school administrator told the student to "leave his faith in the car" when his faith might offend others.

Schools Scrap Religious Holidays.  After weeks of delay and debate, the Hillsborough County [Florida] School Board approved a 2006-07 calendar minus holidays for Yom Kippur, Good Friday or the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Fitr. … Only board member Jennifer Faliero voted against the new calendar, saying she checked with other lawyers and believes Good Friday is a secular holiday:  "It is now about the Easter Bunny. … They have taken religion out of it completely."

Temple University Faces Suit After Trying to Have Christian Student Committed.  Back in 1999 Temple University sponsored the controversial and blasphemous play Corpus Christi, in which Christ is portrayed as a homosexual.  Michael Marcavage, then a Christian student at the Philadelphia school, complained to administrators.  Temple officials eventually tried to have Marcavage committed to a mental institution because of his opposition to the play.

BC is not PC for students.  In what's perceived as a case of political correctness trumping history and everyday usage, students in Australia are now seeing the calendar term B.C. — which stands for "Before Christ" — being replaced with BCE, meaning "Before Common Era."  "This is political correctness gone mad," Shadow Education Minister Jillian Skinner told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

 Editor's Note:   Recently my wife had the opportunity to serve as a math tutor for a high school student who had never heard of the terms BC and AD.  In his suburban public school they use the terms BC and BCE instead.

Worst commencement speakers of 2004:  Graduation ceremonies themselves are being used to pound home some final liberal body blows.  At the 50 highest-ranked undergraduate universities (according to U.S. News & World Report), liberals overwhelmingly dominate the list of graduation speakers.

Big Brother?  Of Course!!  We could debate whether or not the actual purpose of public education is to produce a populace of virtual idiots, but regardless, that has been the effect.  The elimination of any reference to traditional standards of morality from the curriculum is also sadly evident from the behavior of these wretches.

Supreme Court Rules Against State Money for Theology Students:  The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Christian students who major in theology at public universities.  The justices say states may withhold scholarships from students who are studying theology — even if they make that same money available to students who are studying something else.

Student broadcaster suspended for saying "God bless".  A high school student dismissed from his school broadcast program for signing off with "God bless" is rallying community members to his side.  James Lord, a senior at Dupo High School in Dupo, Ill., was suspended for one month from his daily news broadcast on the school's closed circuit television after signing off his Dec. 17 broadcast, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Do Public Schools Have a Prayer?  Supreme Court rulings have sought to stifle prayer at school-related activities, but students, parents, and school officials have found ways to continue to pray.

Atheism lessons planned for British schools:  Children should learn about atheism in religious education lessons as part of moves to make the subject more relevant to the modern world, according to a report from a think-tank with close ties to New Labour.

Philosophy Professor Punished for Expressing Religious Beliefs.  Lakeland Community College near Cleveland, Ohio, has removed a professor of moral philosophy from his classes as punishment for refusing to hide his religious identity from students.

Teacher told to drop Star of David.  A municipally employed teacher in Kristiansand [Norway] has been prevented from wearing a Star of David around his neck.  Kristiansand Adult Education Center, where the man works, ruled that the Jewish symbol could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Christians Fight California's Muslim Indoctrination of Schoolchildren:  Such schoolroom activities as praying to Allah and simulating Islamic worship are not "devotional activities," District Judge Phyllis Hamilton decreed in a highly publicized lawsuit brought by Christian pupils and parents at Excelsior Elementary School in Byron, California.

Education or Indoctrination:  Inquiring Minds Want to Know.  Two thoughts come to mind as I reflect on this story.  The first deals with the notion of the "double standard"; the second, with "duplicity."  Our current climate of political correctness in this country has produced a dizzying double standard as it relates to Christianity and its competing world views -- including Islam.

Lawsuit filed against public school officials for censoring "Lunch Bunch" Bible Club:  Federal law may say that student Bible clubs have the same rights as others to advertise their meetings in public school buildings, but public school officials in Crosby, Minnesota, say the law doesn't apply on their high school campus.

[Then you have to wonder what other laws don't apply there.  And why not?]

School Holiday Celebrations Information Letter:  Although court decisions permit holiday observances, it is my concern that certain national public interest groups have been pressuring local school districts to censor religious expression during Christmas.  This letter will attempt to provide answers for those questions which are most commonly asked regarding the rights of students and teachers to participate in these observances.

Traditions Endangered!  Every year there will be episodes of the political correctors trying their best to stop student led prayers at high school football games.  No matter that these prayers are long in history and heritage, no matter that the students and players wish to pray.  The political correctors oppose traditions like prayer at games because they oppose America and any tradition, which honors our roots and culture.

Alliance Defense Fund Intervenes in Louisiana School "Bible Ban".  How dangerous is a Bible in the hands of a public school second grader?

Teens sue school over Bible club:  Two students who wanted to start a Bible club sued Kentridge High School, contending that the school violated their freedom of speech and equal-access rights. Attorney Kyle Netterfield of Ellis, Li & McKinstry in Seattle filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle yesterday [4/3/2003].

The Constitutionality of Teaching Alternative Forms of Spiritual Practices in Public Schools:  The teaching of religion in public schools remains a controversy which evolves in response to the ever-changing spiritual interests of society.  As these interests broaden, they continue to challenge traditional religious thought.  In recent years, heightened interests in spirituality have expanded the belief spectrum, introducing modern doctrines such as the New Age movement. [PDF]

Federal Judge Scolds School Officials For Ruling Out Christian Views on Homosexuality:  A federal judge has expressed outrage over a Michigan public high school's decision to exclude Christian clergy from a discussion of homosexuality and religion, saying the school's actions "smack of government and religious totalitarianism."

Celebrating the Christmas Holiday in Public Schools:  Unfortunately, Christmas has also become a time of controversy in public schools as teachers, school administrators, parents and students struggle to determine their legal rights and responsibilities concerning the celebration of the holiday in the schools. [PDF]

Teachers Decry Schools' Anti-Christmas Bigotry:  Every year the attacks on Christmas by intolerant leftists seem to be more ludicrous and start earlier.  But at least some teachers are denouncing the anti-Christian bias of New York City's failed government school monopoly.

School bans saying "Christmas":  At a time when Americans of many faiths — and even no faith — gear up to celebrate Christmas this year, a first-grade teacher in Sacramento Co., Calif., says she's been ordered by her principal not to utter the word "Christmas" at school.

Reaction:  When Christmas Becomes Illegal:  Imagine that.  Christmas banned in a public school classroom.  This interdiction is actually quite predictable, because the word Christmas and the concept of a holiday bearing the name of Christ contradict the situational ethics that pervade many public school classrooms.  If there is no true right and wrong, there must not be a notion of a Savior or the need of a Savior.

Anti-discrimination policy threatens 1st Amendment:  In September, Rutgers banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief.  "Political and religious affiliation" is not really the sticking point at Rutgers—.  The real intention is to break or banish religious groups with biblically based opposition to homosexuality.

Suit Claims NYC Schools Discriminate Against Christians:  The nation's largest public school system, New York City, is being sued for religious discrimination, for allegedly allowing the display of Jewish and Islamic religious symbols in their buildings while prohibiting Christian symbols.

Institute Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court in Religious Candy Cane Case!  In challenging a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that upholds a discriminatory elementary school policy, Institute attorneys argue that school officials violated a student's First Amendment rights when they prohibited him from handing out pencils and candy canes bearing Christian messages to his classmates during holiday parties, while allowing his classmates to distribute non-religious items.

Candy-Bearing Students Face Possible Suspension:  A group of high school students in the Boston area could find out today [01/02/2003] whether they will be suspended for passing out candy canes with a religious message.

 Update:   Case of Christian "Candy Cane" Kid Comes Up in Court:  Attorneys for the Rutherford Institute have asked a circuit court to preserve the constitutional rights of an elementary school student in New Jersey who wanted to give religious gifts to his classmates.

The ancient roots of Thanksgiving:  I'm appalled at the way Americans have forgotten the meaning of Thanksgiving.  Have you checked out what your children are learning about this holiday in both government and too many private schools?

Ethics Report Card on Students Shows Definite Downward Trend:  Michael Josephson, president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, says evidence from the survey indicates a willingness to cheat has become the norm, and that the typical authority figures in students' lives — parents, teachers, coaches, even religious educators — have been unable to stem the tide.  "The scary thing," he says, "is that so many kids are entering the workforce to become corporate executives, politicians, airplane mechanics, and nuclear inspectors with the dispositions and skills of cheaters and thieves."

Let's get government, not God – out of our schools:  Instead of fighting to retain God in government schools, why not battle to remove government from education?  That is the real outrage.

Why Christians don't belong in government schools – Part 1:  "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war."  The rantings of a right-wing fanatic?  No, it's the conclusion of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, convened 21 years ago by U.S. Education Secretary Terrence Bell.

Why Christians don't belong in government schools – Part 2:  These are not people who are deliberately trying to destroy youth.  They are, rather, people who fervently believe, with a religious zeal, in a radically different worldview than the one in which you believe, in which most Americans believe.

Why Christians don't belong in government schools – Part 3:  Some Christians, aware that the modern public school has become a God-free zone, comfort themselves with the notion that their Christian children are bearing witness to their unsaved peers.  This, increasingly, is being seen for what it is  a convenient excuse.

Is Liberty Hanging by a Thread?  Contrary to the intent of our founders, Bible reading, prayer, and the advocation of Christian values in our schools, have been replaced by an anti-God religion known as Secular Humanism (promoted both by government-funded education, and by federal court rulings).

Why are Christians losing America?  [Quoting John W. Chalfant] Once God was shown the door, America went into chaos.  Scholastic Aptitude Test scores plummeted.  Violent crime rocketed upward.  The abortion mills did an unprecedented business as they devised ever-more-sadistic ways to kill children before and even during birth.

School Censors Christian, Girl Sues:  In Michigan, diversity apparently includes everything except Christianity.

Church sues school board over censorship:  A church has filed suit against a North Carolina school board and principal after a middle school refused to approve a church-sponsored sign for its athletic field that included a Bible verse.

Teacher's Request for Prayer Brings Threat of Dismissal:  A public school teacher in Nebraska has been reprimanded and threatened with termination for comments he made at a private prayer meeting.

District bars gospel choir from 9-11 event:  A school district barred a high school gospel choir from singing at a 9-11 memorial service because the event was held at a church.  Allowing the public school students to sing at Central Baptist Church in Sanford, Fla., or any religious service, would have violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, according to the Seminole County School District.

The Campus Crusade Against Christ:  Over the years, I have heard students complain about professors calling Christianity a "violent religion" or telling their students who believe the Bible that they have a "problem" because evolution is a "proven theory."  Others baldly label Biblical objections to homosexuality as a form of "bigotry" or a "phobia" implying a need for either sensitivity training or psychotherapy.

Pledge furor is evidence of hostility to religion:  In schools the anti-religion campaign is often hysterical.  When schoolchildren are invited to write about any historical figure, this usually means they can pick Stalin or Jeffrey Dahmer, but not Jesus or Luther, because religion is reflexively considered dangerous in schools and loathsome historical villains aren't.  Similarly a moment of silence in the schools is wildly controversial because some children might use it to pray silently on public property.  The overall message is that religion is backward, dangerous and toxic.

Religious Expression Censored at Columbine:  A federal appeals court says Columbine High School officials were right to bar Christian messages painted on tiles for the newly refurbished school.

Conservative Group Laments School Prayer Ruling:  It was forty years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court banned voluntary school prayer, in what was billed as a "landmark" First Amendment case.  The Texas Justice Foundation says the 1962 Supreme Court ruling was "an exercise of raw judicial tyranny without precedent, one that produced a 40-year decline in the quality and safety of American schools."

Temptation averted:  no "Lord's Prayer" at Woodbine.  Woodbine [Iowa] High School was the center of attention Sunday [5/19/2002] over whether "The Lord's Prayer" would find its way into its graduation ceremony.  In the end, the song didn't.  School officials, graduates and the community abided by a federal judge's decision to ban the song following a lawsuit by two sophomore choir members from an atheist family.

Religion It's Not:  Education Reform and its Enemies:  Attorneys and their clients competed for victory in the high-stakes education reform fight by pretending that the issue is religion.  Just outside the courtroom, the real issue in the case was clear.  Zelman v. Simmons epitomizes the passionate tooth-and-nail struggle between parents of children in failing schools and the education establishment.

State Reprimands School Superintendent for Leading Students in Prayer:  A school superintendent who allegedly violated the rights of students by initiating a prayer at a school assembly has been reprimanded by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Board allows religious Valentine's Day cards:  The board's actions are in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year after school officials refused to allow a Cushing Elementary School second-grader to distribute valentines with Christian messages and made her take back religious tracts she passed out for Halloween.  The school district and its attorney defended the district's actions at the time, saying that allowing Morgan to distribute Halloween tracts and valentines with such messages as "Jesus loves you" and "Freely rely on God" would violate the separation of church and state.

More information about the separation of church and state is on another page.

Poster With Picture of Jesus Lands Kindergartner in Court Antonio Peck was a kindergartener at Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse, where he was assigned to draw a poster relating to his class' study of environmental issues.  Antonio drew people picking up litter, children holding hands around the globe and a picture of a white-robed man kneeling in one corner.  According to Antonio's attorney, Erick Stanley, Antonio meant the picture to be Jesus, but never wrote it anywhere on the poster.  When the poster was hung on a wall with posters from almost 80 other students, teachers folded the poster to hide the figure of Jesus and covered part of Antonio's name at the bottom.

Disestablish the cult of liberalism:  This week the Supreme Court upheld the right of religious groups to participate in the beautiful mosaic of after-school activities.  No new territory was broken:  The case was almost identical to another case in which the Supreme Court reversed the exact same court years ago.  This was massive resistance.  Justice Clarence Thomas remarked on the oddity of having to reverse the same court twice, noting that while the appellate courts aren't required to cite all the Supreme Court's precedents, they might want to cite the last time they were reversed on the same facts.

Without a Prayer:  Judge Nixes School's Graduation Tradition The program says prayer.  A judge says no.  And so, when Washington Community High School hosts graduation Sunday, superintendent Lee Edwards will have to explain how a 24-hour legal lightning bolt struck this Peoria, Ill., suburb, ending the school's 80-year tradition of offering invocation and benediction prayers at graduation.

Christianity and Public Education:  Do They Go Together?  Many educators assume that because our society has become so diverse in recent years, it's inappropriate to give Christianity any greater attention than other religions in today's public school curriculum.  In their minds, it's insensitive to give more emphasis to Christianity than to, say, Islam or Buddhism.  It's like being a cultural bully.

All Extracurriculars Are Extraneous at This High School.  At the Mission Viejo High School in Southern California, you won't see any clubs that aren't related to the school curriculum.  The reason:  The Saddle Valley Unified School District doesn't want to have to let in a Christian club.

Fearful of Offending Wiccans, School District Invokes Vanishing Act.  A school district in the state of Washington has banned all forms of Halloween activities, arguing they are a waste of time and disrespectful to witches.  The decision by Puyallup School District to ditch its annual Halloween celebration has outraged scores of parents and students.  District spokeswoman Karen Hansen says students dressed up Halloween costumes might be "offensive" to members of the Wiccan religion.

Attorney Argues NY Schools Discriminate Against Christian Students.  A school district that limits the religious expression of Christian students is allowing Muslim students to skip class to observe the month of Ramadan.  The New York City Department of Education has given Muslim students at Brooklyn International High School permission to miss class four consecutive Fridays to observe the religious holiday.

Christian Group Fights Familiar Free Speech Battle With Maryland Schools.  Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is once again fighting the literature distribution policy in Montgomery County, Maryland, schools.  The Christian group has filed a second appeal with the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging a district court ruling that bars the group from distributing its flyers in the county's schools.

Rossford High School cancels Christian rock band.  School officials were considering letting a Christian rock band play during an anti-drug assembly next week, but decided yesterday [12/14/2004] to cancel the performance because of concerns over having religious music played in a public school.

High School Nixes Plan to Censor Christian Grad's Speech.  A Pennsylvania high school has changed its decision to censor a graduating senior's valedictory speech by insisting that he take out any references to God or Jesus.  The law firm that intervened on the Christian student's behalf is applauding the school for choosing to rethink its position.

Penn State says there are "Too many" Christian groups here.  A Christian student club is suing Penn State University for rejecting it as a student organization after being told the school already has "too many" Christian clubs.

Feds Fuel Anti-Christian Bigotry in Schoolchildren.  The practice of Hitler, Stalin and every other tyrant of encouraging children to "inform" on their parents is quietly slipping into the United States.

Student sues college for psychiatric abuseHe was sent to a mental ward after he objected to play depicting Jesus as homosexual.

The Bases of Mathematics are Intelligently Designed.  The bases of mathematics with which this article is concerned are the natural things that mathematics is used to determine, such as power, acceleration, speed, and distance traveled.  Also is explained is how even the simplest mathematics such as in arithmetic, like 2 + 2 = 4, and simple multiplication and division, merely reflect actual things in nature.  They are facts of nature.  The article lists a number of the greatest mathematical geniuses in history, including some modern ones, who have recognized intelligent design in nature and attributed it to God, although I consider it merely evidence of intelligent design in nature.  Mathematics and intelligent design is a combined field of importance today.




The case of John Freshwater

This subsection is about an Ohio Middle School science teacher who is in trouble because he has a Bible on his desk.  The school wants him to remove it.  The school's motivation is unknown, but it is probably based on fear a lawsuit.  I encourage you to read the Constitution, as amended, which clearly states that we all have a right to freely exercise our religion.

Mt. Vernon teacher could face penalties.  A Mount Vernon City Schools teacher could be found guilty of insubordination if a Bible is not removed from his desktop.  John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher, called the recent request by the district an "infringement on my deeply held religious beliefs."  Superintendent Steve Short said, to his knowledge, the Bible still sits atop Freshwater's desk.

Ohio Students Bring Bibles to Class to Support Teacher.  A school superintendent says some students at the district's middle school brought Bibles to classes to show support for a teacher who refuses to remove his Bible from the view of students.  Mount Vernon Superintendent Stephen Short says Friday's [4/18/2008] action hasn't caused any major disruption.

Teacher Must Remove Bible from Desk?  Mount Vernon Ohio Middle School science teacher John Freshwater will not remove the Bible from atop his desk.  He'll take opposing school superintendent and principal to court first.

Students rally in support of science teacher.  Hundreds of students, joined by some parents and community members, gathered at the Spirit Rock outside of Mount Vernon High School in a show of support for middle school teacher John Freshwater.  Freshwater complied with requests from the school administration to take down a display of the Ten Commandments, but refuses to remove a Bible from his desk at school.

ACLU supports MV school board decision.  Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater refused to move his Bible from his classroom desk after school officials requested that he do so.  At a rally on Public Square on Wednesday, he defended his right to display his personal Bible as a constitutional right.  If he's looking for the American Civil Liberties Union to defend him, he could be disappointed.

Ohio teacher in trouble for keeping Bible on desk.  According to some, just keeping the Bible on the desk is itself enough to violate the Establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.  The argument goes something like this: (1)  If someone has a Bible on his desk, then he is endorsing Christianity.  (2)  In his capacity as a teacher, Freshwater is a representative of the state.  (3)  Therefore, if Freshwater has a Bible on his desk, that is the same as the state endorsing Christianity.

Ohio Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Classroom.  An Ohio school teacher of over 20 years has come under attack recently by school administrators because of a Bible that he has kept on his desk for his entire career. … Although Freshwater agreed to remove the 10 Commandments, he stood firm on keeping his Bible which he said governed his entire set of values and beliefs — values and beliefs that were protected by the constitution, he said.






The case of Marcus Borden

A high school coach has been forbidden to passively participate in student-led prayers, and has even been told not to kneel or bow his head during those prayers.  Keep your chin up, coach, or you'll establish a national religion!  This is just absurd.

School coach violated religion ban in prayer ritual:  US court.  A football coach violated a ban on teaching religion in public schools when he joined his players in kneeling and head-bowing rituals before games, a US appeals court ruled Tuesday.  The decision could have national implications and may ultimately affect thousands of schools throughout the United States, many of which are believed to employ coaches who engage in prayer with their teams.

The Editor says...
Hey, this is news:  According to the writer of the article above, there is now "a ban on teaching religion in public schools."  When was that law enacted?

Court says coach can't kneel, bow head as team prays.  A New Jersey school board was within its rights to tell a football coach he cannot kneel and bow his head as members of his team have a student-led pre-game prayer, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Let Us Pray — But Don't You Dare Bow Your Head.  The absurdities of liberals will never cease to amaze me.  To their credit, they keep us on our toes, but I would much prefer they actually read a Constitution before wasting so much time and resources on harebrained lawsuits like this one….

Whose First Amendment Is It, Anyway?  [Scroll down]  Respecting the fact that they were praying, then, is somehow a disrespect of their religious rights?  And what of the rights of the coach?  Does he have to check them at the locker room door?  Note that we're not talking about him bringing a Bible or leading the prayers; he's just in the room when the students pray and takes the same position as they do.  The judges opinions in this case are just as tortured as the logic used to misread the First Amendment.

Football Coach's Prayer with Students Ruled Unconstitutional.  The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled unanimously Tuesday [4/15/2008] against coach Marcus Borden on the grounds that it was unconstitutional for him to pray and "bow his head and take a knee" alongside his students, in what, the court argued, would be an endorsement of religion by a school staff member.

The Editor says...
The judges are "interpreting" a law that doesn't even exist, when they say the coach does not have the right to freely exercise his religion.  The only long-term solution to the problem of activist judges is impeachment.  Federal judges do not serve for life, except on the Supreme Court.  They can be removed.

Football coach may take prayer fight higher.  East Brunswick High School football coach Marcus Borden, who said he is fighting for his peers nationwide, is expected to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling that prohibits him from participating in team prayer.

E.B. schools wins appeal in Borden case.  The appeal came after a July 2006 ruling in U.S. District Court that said it is not an endorsement of religion for Borden to bow his head or take a knee while his players pray before games or at team meals. … The Board of Education, however, argued that Bordens' actions ignore students' rights to be free from religious coercion.



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