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Public school officials such as teachers, principals and others may not sponsor prayer, devotional Bible reading or other religious activities. They may not compel or pressure young people to take part in religious activities. The Supreme Court ruled correctly when it struck down mandatory school prayer in 1962 and ’63. However, this does not mean there can be no religion in schools. Public school students have the right to pray voluntarily in a non-disruptive fashion during the school day and read religious texts during free time. A short rule of thumb: Individual, voluntary religious activity by students is permitted; school-sponsored religious worship is not.

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

AU Interns Reflect On Their Summer Of Church-State Separation Advocacy

Believe it or not, it’s already August. And that means many of Americans United’s interns are wrapping up their church-state separation projects and getting ready to go back to school. Here’s what they have to say about their time with AU. (To reacquaint yourself with this year’s roster, read the introduction to our interns here.)

Texas House Considers Private School Vouchers, Anti-Transgender Bills That Threaten Religious Freedom

The Texas legislature is back in a special session called by Governor Greg Abbott (R) and the Senate has wasted no time passing troubling measures. Last week, the Texas Senate approved two bills that threaten religious freedom – a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.

Shocking Headlines Elicit Yawns From The Religious Right

A few months ago, when news broke that President Donald J. Trump had given classified information to the Russians, I asked why Religious Right groups were remaining silent. They surely would have spoken up if a Democratic president had done that.

Today I have to ask that question again, in light of two recent incidents – Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker and Trump’s completely inappropriate speech to the Boy Scouts.

American Muslims Are Worried About Trump, But They Still Believe In The American Dream

The Pew Research Center just released the results of a new survey on the American Muslim experience, and the findings are pretty much what you’d expect, unfortunately: A majority of American Muslims feel they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, they say life hasn’t become any easier for American Muslims in recent years and they’re understandably worried about President Donald Trump.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

AU Interns Reflect On Their Summer Of Church-State Separation Advocacy

Believe it or not, it’s already August. And that means many of Americans United’s interns are wrapping up their church-state separation projects and getting ready to go back to school. Here’s what they have to say about their time with AU. (To reacquaint yourself with this year’s roster, read the introduction to our interns here.)

Texas House Considers Private School Vouchers, Anti-Transgender Bills That Threaten Religious Freedom

The Texas legislature is back in a special session called by Governor Greg Abbott (R) and the Senate has wasted no time passing troubling measures. Last week, the Texas Senate approved two bills that threaten religious freedom – a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.

Shocking Headlines Elicit Yawns From The Religious Right

A few months ago, when news broke that President Donald J. Trump had given classified information to the Russians, I asked why Religious Right groups were remaining silent. They surely would have spoken up if a Democratic president had done that.

Today I have to ask that question again, in light of two recent incidents – Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker and Trump’s completely inappropriate speech to the Boy Scouts.

American Muslims Are Worried About Trump, But They Still Believe In The American Dream

The Pew Research Center just released the results of a new survey on the American Muslim experience, and the findings are pretty much what you’d expect, unfortunately: A majority of American Muslims feel they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, they say life hasn’t become any easier for American Muslims in recent years and they’re understandably worried about President Donald Trump.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

AU Interns Reflect On Their Summer Of Church-State Separation Advocacy

Believe it or not, it’s already August. And that means many of Americans United’s interns are wrapping up their church-state separation projects and getting ready to go back to school. Here’s what they have to say about their time with AU. (To reacquaint yourself with this year’s roster, read the introduction to our interns here.)

Texas House Considers Private School Vouchers, Anti-Transgender Bills That Threaten Religious Freedom

The Texas legislature is back in a special session called by Governor Greg Abbott (R) and the Senate has wasted no time passing troubling measures. Last week, the Texas Senate approved two bills that threaten religious freedom – a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.

Shocking Headlines Elicit Yawns From The Religious Right

A few months ago, when news broke that President Donald J. Trump had given classified information to the Russians, I asked why Religious Right groups were remaining silent. They surely would have spoken up if a Democratic president had done that.

Today I have to ask that question again, in light of two recent incidents – Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker and Trump’s completely inappropriate speech to the Boy Scouts.

American Muslims Are Worried About Trump, But They Still Believe In The American Dream

The Pew Research Center just released the results of a new survey on the American Muslim experience, and the findings are pretty much what you’d expect, unfortunately: A majority of American Muslims feel they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, they say life hasn’t become any easier for American Muslims in recent years and they’re understandably worried about President Donald Trump.

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October 2017 Church & State

Penalty Flag

A Wash. Public School Football Coach Has No Right To Pray With Students, A Federal Appeals Court Says

March 2017 Church & State

States Of Emergency

Legislation That Threatens Church-State Separation Is Pending In Half The Country

November 2016 Church & State

Offside And Out Of Bounds

The Supreme Court Struck Down Coercive Forms Of Public School Prayer 54 Years Ago, But Some Coaches Are Playing By Their Own Rules

September 2016 Church & State

Required Worship

Recalling The Bad Old Days Of Mandatory Religion In Public Schools

April 2016 Church & State

Choice, Not Coercion

There's Plenty Of Room For Voluntary Religion In America's Public High Schools - With One Notable Catch