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Christian Civil Rights in Public Schools

Student and teacher Christian civil rights and free speech

Nothing in the First Amendment or its establishment clause converts the public school into a religion free zone, or requires Christian students and Christian teachers to leave all religious beliefs or Christian expression behind at the schoolhouse door. Christian students and teachers have Christian civil rights including freedom of expression, free speech.

Government public school endorsement of student and teacher Christian civil rights

While the government may not use public schools to convey official endorsement of religion, non religion or any particular denomination, the government's schools may not discriminate against private religious expression during the school day by teachers or students. As long as such religious expression does not interfere with curriculum or become disruptive to the education process. Both students and teachers are free to express their closely held religious beliefs. While teachers must exercise some caution not to act in such a way as to suggest a government endorsement of religion, they are free to express their beliefs in any venue that would allow for other personal expression. The Government and school officials may not engage in view point discrimination to inhibit Christian free speech or religious expression.

Student and teacher Christian civil rights and free access to public school facilities

Public schools must allow religious organizations, Bible Clubs and Christian activities the same equal access to public school facilities as they do for any other non-religious group. Christian Civil rights are protected in the same way as other civil rights. In fact our constitution calls our Christian rights inalienable. They are rights granted by our Creator and not by our government.

Limits on the civil rights of Christian students and teachers and separation of church and state

The United States Supreme Court did remove devotional school prayer and devotional Bible reading from public schools with a series of cases regarding school prayer in the 1960's . Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962); Abingdon v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963). These decisions led to a misguided emphasis in public schools on "the wall of separation between church and state", a phrase not found in any founding document. It was first used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptist assoc. to describe the effects of the newly written Constitution. He assured the Danbury Baptist that the first amendment had constructed a "wall of separation between church and state" which would prevent the government from creating laws that would inhibit religious expression, permit the founding a state religion or create laws favoring one Christian denomination over another.

Separation of church and state and Christian Civil rights in the public school

For the public schools, their administrators and teachers, Separation of Church and state and the establishment clause of the first amendment means that public school teachers and public school officials, who represent the government may not favor religion over non religion or favor one religion over another or one Christian denomination over another. That is why teachers may not conduct religious devotions and prayer or devotional Bible reading during class time during a school day and why school officials may not sponsor prayers at graduation services or post religious symbols in such a way as to endorse the religion.

Use of the Bible in public school curriculum

It is important to note, however, that public school teachers may use the Bible and other Christian literature in instructional ways-as literature, history, comparative religions, or ethics in the classroom, as determined by the supreme court in Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 (1980). For this reason efforts to ban the Bible and religious books from the classroom and public school libraries failed. It is only formal, structured prayer and formal, structured devotional use of the Bible in public schools that are forbidden under the First Amendment as an establishment of religion.

Intelligent design, creationism, or evolution in public school curriculum

Steve Taylor of Christian Rights Ministries has been appointed to a national committee to investigate the possible use of intelligent design in the public school curriculum. Intelligent design recognizes order in creation and denies chance as the determining factor in our universe. Christian Rights Ministries along with several other legal Christian Rights organizations support teaching of origins consistent with the bible.

 

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 This website is intended to provide educational information, regarding Christian rights issues including but not limited to: The Bill of Rights, First Amendment rights, separation of church and state issues, establishment clause issues and resulting supreme court cases, equal access and The Equal Access Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Religious Liberty Protection Act, free speech, work place Christian rights, employer and employee Christian rights, Title VII and Employment discrimination, Christian rights in public education, School board policy regarding religion, students rights, teacher's rights, religious freedom, DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, same sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partners, same sex unions, church law, information regarding church incorporation, zoning laws and regulations as they might effect churches, ministries and their congregations, 501 c3 , non profit organizations, sanctity of life, pro life, protection of the unborn, protection from pornography, Additionally we provide speakers on Faith and Freedom, Christian Rights, Our Christian Heritage and Our Christian Nation.

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