Separation of Church and State


Establishment Clause and Separation of Church and State:

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Essentially, this means that the government must not perform any action that might establish or prohibit religious activity. The actual phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear in the Constitution at all, however. This phrase first appeared in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. 

Student Actions:

In most instances, students have the right to express their personal religious beliefs. Students may pray, ...

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1962 with their ruling in "Engel v. Vitale." Schools may allow time for a moment of silence, however. In 2002, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rule against school prayer, but the Supreme Court later overturned that ruling. Additionally, students may gather with the intent to pray but may not lead prayer at school-wide events like football games and graduation ceremonies. 

Bible in the Classroom:

As established by the Department of Education's 1998 guidelines, public schools may teach about religion but may not teach religious instruction. Public schools may teach courses about the broad history of religion or mention religion within other courses, and may even teach using the Bible or other religious texts as literature, as long as teachers present these texts in an objective manner. 

Extracurricular Religious Activities:

Schools receiving federal funds that allow any ...

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