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Group complains about prayer at Texas school

The Freedom From Religious Foundation has sent a letter to a Texas public school district saying it violated the constitution when a principal led students and parents in prayer before a kindergarten graduation.

Evolution & creation

The evolution vs. creationism debate has engendered controversy for more than a century, causing an uproar in science, religion and constitutional law.
More than 80 years ago legendary lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan matched wits in a Dayton, Tenn., courtroom over evolution and creationism. Darrow represented young science teacher John Scopes and the evolution [...]

Graduation ceremonies

As May approaches every year, public schools grapple with the question of whether or not they may allow prayers at graduation ceremonies. Most religious prayers will not be permissible, especially in public elementary and secondary schools. However, as with most issues of the law, the answer is not that simple.
Rulings against graduation prayers
In the seminal [...]

Distributing religious literature

The question of whether religious literature may be distributed in public schools partly involves who would be doing the distributing, how, and at what level of school.
Generally, public school officials themselves may not distribute religious literature to schoolchildren. Distribution of such material by students and by outside groups will be discussed in separate sections.
Distribution by [...]

Religious liberty in public schools overview

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
— Religious-liberty clauses, First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
More than 200 years after their enactment, the first 16 words of the Bill of Rights undergird the boldest and most successful experiment in religious freedom in human history. Despite periodic [...]

Religion in public schools overview

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … — Religious-liberty clauses, First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
More than 200 years after their enactment, the first 16 words of the Bill of Rights undergird the boldest and most successful experiment in religious freedom in human history. Despite [...]

Religious clubs

Editor’s note: This section on student religious clubs contains consensus guidelines drafted and endorsed by a broad range of 21 religious and educational groups. These guidelines are intended to reflect current law in this area, though on some questions there may be no controlling Supreme Court opinion and the lower courts may be divided. While [...]

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