A Colorado public high school is being operated like a private Christian institution, a new lawsuit filed by a former teacher there alleges.
Robert Basevitz, a special education instructor, has filed suit against the Fremont RE-2 School District, its superintendent and the principal of Florence High School. Basevitz alleged that the school unconstitutionally integrates religion into daily activities and that officials retaliated against him when he complained about the practice.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado applaud a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court that struck down a Douglas County school voucher program that had allowed taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools.
It’s almost Christmas, and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) isn’t going to let you forget it. In a special resolution introduced Wednesday, the congressman celebrated his idea of the reason for the season — and condemned church/state separation advocates in the process. (Lamborn introduces the resolution every year.)
“We give thanks for Jesus’ message of love and peace and remember the sacrifice He made for us all. It is a season of giving, of love, and of joy,” he said.
For the past few years, Americans United has been sparring on and off with a former Navy chaplain named Gordon James Klingenschmitt.
Klingenschmitt first came to our attention when he insisted that he had a right to pray in Jesus’ name at official events, even though his superiors had urged him to use more inclusive invocations.
The results of the midterm elections may present new challenges to supporters of separation of church and state, but not all of the news is bad: Voters soundly rejected religiously-motivated attempts to severely restrict or even ban access to some forms of contraception.
Yesterday I received some interesting mail from two residents of Colorado. Each envelope contained the same thing: a 20-page glossy publication produced by Ridgway Christian Center in Ridgway, Colo.
The publication features a calendar of upcoming ministry events and a list of conservative websites that the group recommends. But the most interesting thing about the publication is its cover: It’s a photo of a bunch of American flags headlined, “Honor God! Love your country! VOTE REPUBLICAN!”
The situation involving school vouchers in Douglas County, Colo., is a real disgrace.
The county school board was hijacked by a bloc of right-wing activists. They immediately began looking for ways to privatize public services. Someone got the bright idea that public schools would be a good place to start, and the board was off to the races.
A few months ago, I blogged about a Colorado public school district that was considering a voucher scheme that would allow some students to attend religious and other private schools.
I explained then that vouchers are a bad idea all around. Tuition subsidies for religious schools undermine church-state separation, hurt the public schools and have not improved student performance in places where they’ve been tried.
Despite the fact that voucher subsidies for religious schools undermine church-state separation, hurt the public schools, are opposed by voters and have not improved student performance, they keep popping up around the country.
The latest is a voucher program being considered in Colorado’s third largest school district.