Christian Rights Ministries
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 and free speech.
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 educational 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 types of personal expression. The government and school officials may not engage in viewpoint discrimination to inhibit Christian free speech or religious expression.
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.
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 upon "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 Associaton to describe the effects of the newly written constitution. He assured the Danbury Baptists 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 of a state religion or create laws favoring one Christian denomination over another.
For 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 religion.
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 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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