Conflict over religion in schools goes way back

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Reuters article today reviews the contentious history of religious influences in American public education. In it, the First Amendment Center’s Charles C. Haynes notes that Protestant Americans’ fear of Catholics was most instrumental in secularizing public schools – not court rulings on church-state separation.

Haynes is also quoted as saying, “There’s really only one institution in the United States where we learn to live with our differences, and that’s public schools.”