Faith, Freedom, and Public School Notes

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Running Head: NOTES 1

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

FAITH, FREEDOM, AND PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTES

Session 1 Notes
Legally Supported

Abington School District v. Schempp

Many people think this is the case that the Bible had been thrown out of public schools, but it was really the type of Bible reading that had been thrown out of Schools. There was a PA law that said, “At least ten verses from the Holy Bible shall be read, without comment, at the opening of each public school on each school day. Any child shall be excused from such Bible reading, or attending such Bible reading, upon the written request of his parent or guardian.” Edward Schempp challenged
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Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function.”

Lynch v. Donnelly

This case dealt with the public display of a Nativity Scene. The Supreme Court stated, “The Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state; it affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any…” The court ruled in favor of the display.

Separation of Church & State

The idea of appropriately teaching of religion is legally supported. While there is separation of church and state there is not a wall of separation.

Two views of fairness

There is a false assumption of Fairness that fairness means all religions must be given equal time in the classroom. But the correct assumption of fairness is fairness sometimes means proportional, not equal.

Conversation with Attorney David Cortman

-Can I tell my students that I am a Christian? Yes, but it should be done in a way that is in response to a question or if it’s in the context of something being discussed.
-Can I have a Bible on my desk? Yes, you can have a Bible on your desk for personal reasons.
-Is it ok to have Christian music playing quietly in the background as background noise? First, it depends on what the school and principal allow. It is probably better off to mix in secular music along with Christian music so there is not a religious

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