This month Family Research Council published a list of seven religious liberties everyone needs to know that public school students have.
Censoring of religious expression in schools often comes from teachers and school administrators being unaware of students’ freedoms. However, the U.S. Department of Education has already clarified that students are free to speak about their faith at school. . . .Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines clarifying students’ freedom to express their faith. There are seven key liberties every student and educator needs to know.
Family Research Council says those seven rights are:
- The right to pray and read the Bible at school.
- The right to express faith in class work or homework.
- The right to organize prayer groups and religious clubs at school.
- The right to express religious belief at school events.
- The right to go off campus for religious studies in some states.
- The right to express faith at graduation ceremonies.
- The right of teachers to organize prayer groups with other teachers.
This is a welcome reminder once again that student’s and teachers do not shed their religious liberties at the schoolhouse doors.
One way we encourage students to exercise these religious liberties is to take part in the annual Bring Your Bible to School Day that Focus on the Family organizes each year. You can learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day here.
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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.