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NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (Dec. 5) let stand a lower court ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for after-hours worship services. The decision appears to end a legal saga that began in 1995 when the Bronx Household of Faith sued the city for barring […] Read More

(RNS) Oregon state officials released a policy on Wednesday (Dec. 8)intended to give school districts guidance in applying Oregon’s new law on religious clothing. A statewide ban on teacher religious dress was originally enacted in 1923 to keep Catholic nuns from teaching in public schools during a time of anti-Catholic bigotry. State lawmakers repealed the […] Read More

(RNS) A leading “ex-gay” group, concerned about a recent rash of anti-gay bullying, has ended its role in the annual “Day of Truth” events that encourage students to express their opposition to homosexuality. The annual school observance was meant to counter the “Day of Silence” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), […] Read More

(RNS) A majority of Americans—including those who do not practice a particular faith—think students should be able to express their religion in public schools, according to a new poll by the First Amendment Center. Three-quarters of Americans support student religious speech at public school events. A slight majority of those who don’t practice religion (52 […] Read More

I grew up in a small cotton mill village in upper South Carolina during the last years of the Great Depression. Churches and schools were the town’s foundation. I was fortunate to have teachers who were not only skilled and caring academics, but who lived Christian lives before us. I never had any reason to […] Read More

Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education pushed through controversial new education standards that will impact what school children across the nation learn about history and economics. Baptists and others have criticized several of the decisions made on March 12 by the board, including the decision to replace Thomas Jefferson with religious leaders, and the […] Read More

“Lord, give me understanding.” I really try to understand people with whom I have serious ideological differences, but the recent news has left me in a funk and a state of confusion. Conservative parents flooded administrative offices of school systems demanding that their children not be subjected to Tuesday’s speech by the president of the […] Read More

In a full-throated attack on President Barack Obama’s forthcoming nationally televised speech to school children encouraging them to study hard, fundamentalist and Republican leaders smear the president with accusations of “indoctrination,” “brainwashing” and “cult of personality.” They compare his leadership to the Hitler youth leaders and Saddam Hussein.   “As far as I am concerned, […] Read More

Imagine a school where a religious holy book is the primary textbook, modern science is seen as suspect, males are separated from females, unbelievers are the enemy, and 21st century culture is viewed with hostility. If you think this sounds like a fundamentalist Islamic madrasa, think again. This might be the future of kindergarten through […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention’s chief executive officer advocates the launch of a Christian alternative to public education, a move that joins at the hip the largest Protestant denomination with a five-year campaign for Southern Baptists to abandon the public schools.   “In far too many public schools throughout the country our children are being bombarded […] Read More