Freeing Religious Liberty From After-School Detention
- By Alliance Defending Freedom
- Posted Sep 19, 2012
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By Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp
Rather than allowing religious liberty to freely roam the halls of school, the ACLU of South Carolina wants to send it to detention. Public school districts in South Carolina recently received a letter and request for information from the ACLU of South Carolina as part of its so-called “Religious Freedom Goes to School” Campaign.
Of course, the ACLU’s letter pays lip-service to the rights protected by the First Amendment of students to express their religious beliefs at school. But the ACLU’s letter then makes blanket, across-the-board claims about the religious freedoms of students, teachers, and administrators at school that, if followed by the school districts, would result in restrictions that trample religious liberty.
In particular, the ACLU of South Carolina attempts to use a consent decree voluntarily agreed to by one school district in South Carolina to limit the rights protected by the First Amendment of students, teachers, and administrators throughout the state.
Alliance Defending Freedom responded to this so-called “Religious Freedom Goes to School” campaign by sending a letter of its own to every school district in South Carolina that accurately describes the constitutionally protected religious liberties at school. Alliance Defending Freedom’s letter will truly help school districts safeguard the rights protected by the First Amendment of students and employees. So religious freedom will make it to school after all, instead of being unconstitutionally trapped in after-school detention.
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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom