Education

Campus Christian Groups Loses Appeal at Supreme Court (CNN)

EXCERPT: CNN – The Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian campus group that sued after a California law school denied it official recognition because the student organization limits its core membership to those who share its beliefs on faith and marriage. At issue was the conflict between a public university's anti-discrimination policies and a private group's freedom of religion […]

 
 

Italy Fights School Crucifix Ban (AJE)

The Italian government has begun its appeal against a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to ban crucifixes in school classrooms.

 
 

Nikki Haley provokes question: What's Sikhism? (CNN)

EXCERPT: By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN – While researching my prior post about Nikki Haley coming under attack by her fellow South Carolina Republicans for her Sikh heritage, I came across a local activist, Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, who told CNN, "Most people can't even pronounce ‘Sikh,' even the ones that are criticizing her." For the […]

 
 

High School Sophomores Answer Question "How Would You Feel If Your Religious Freedom Was Taken Away?"

High School Sophomores Answer Question "How Would You Feel If Your Religious Freedom Was Taken Away?"

As their final assignment for the play, I had students respond to the question, “How would you feel if your religious freedom was taken away?” The responses varied, in both length and reaction. Nearly all of the teenagers in the class are self-described Christians, but their approach toward religion varies from conservative evangelical to tolerant progressives to near-agnostic. Their reactions to a potential scenario in which they were not allowed to practice religion freely ranged from the pragmatic to conformist to vigilant resistance.

 
 

Stephen Colbert Tests Columbia Prof On Textbooks (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c I's on Edjukashun – Texas School Board www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform The Texas State Board of Education has voted to radically alter textbook lessons for future generations, removing from curricula separation of church and state and references to Thomas Jefferson. In response, Stephen Colbert had […]

 
 

Texas education board rejects in-depth study of First Amendment (DallasNews.com)

EXCERPT: AUSTIN – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights. The contentious decision in curriculum standards for U.S. government classes appeared to signal the unhappiness of several board members with court rulings that […]

 
 

Oregon Legislature Ends Ban on Teachers Wearing Religious Dress – Goes to Governor for Signature

EXCERPT from OregonLive.com (link below): Oregon's longstanding ban on teachers wearing head scarves or other religious dress is near its demise after the Senate and House gave final approval Tuesday to lift the ban. Champions in the Senate called ending the ban a historic step toward religious freedom and non-discrimination in a state that has performed poorly in those arenas […]

 
 

Scholarship contest asks high school students to revisit JFK speech on separation of church and state

The Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee on its website announced the 5th annual Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, which is open to all high school students in the graduating classes of 2010 and 2011. According to the BJC, "this year's contest will commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's landmark speech about the relationship between his religion […]

 
 

3 states still ban religious clothing for teachers (Associated Press)

EXCERPT: PORTLAND, Ore. – A law backed by the Ku Klux Klan nearly a century ago to keep Catholics out of public schools is still on the books in Oregon, one of the last states in the nation to prohibit teachers from wearing religious clothing in classrooms. Both Pennsylvania and Nebraska have similar laws, which try to balance the constitutional […]

 
 

Religion in Public Schools: Academic, Not Devotional (J. Brent Walker – Washington Post)

EXCERPT: The Texas Board of Education, the nation's second largest purchaser of public school textbooks, is revising its K-12 social studies curriculum and deciding how to characterize religion's influence on American history. Three consultants have recommended emphasizing the roles of the Bible, Christianity and civic virtue of religion. As America's children go back to school, how would you advise the […]