religion and education

Spread the Word: Making the Case for Robust Religious Freedom

By Doug Koopman

Among the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision has been the push by groups supporting that decision for new law and regulation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. A prime arena for this has been higher education, where there has been increased scrutiny regarding where federal funding—particularly aid to students—is involved.

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Religious Freedom and Higher Education: Worldview Matters

By Steve Pettit

In the California case, a looming question at the heart of this “issue” is: why can pastoral training schools be exempted but not liberal-arts Christian colleges? Why could a Christian liberal arts university be sued for discrimination but not a seminary? This confusion stems from the misconception that there is some sort of “great divide” between the secular and the sacred.

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If Higher Education’s Religious Freedoms Go, So Goes Our Charitable Society

By Chelsen Vicari

No longer is the religious freedom debate in America confined to battles between religious small business owners and their clients. Moral relativism’s increasing influence in society has shifted the battle of freedom of religion vs. malleable morality to the now much larger and far more politically and demographically significant realm of higher education.

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Prayer in Schools and the Problem of Coercion

By: Claudia Winkler

Almost ninety years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, the controversy surrounding religion in schools rages on. Christian groups at public universities are being required to accept all students regardless of their beliefs, while public universities are being stripped of funding for assigning readings that offend the religious right. A conservative school board in Texas is still pushing to incorporate a Christian narrative into history textbooks and intelligent design into science classes, while “enlightened” liberals abroad are banning forms of Muslim dress from schools and, in some cases, from public space altogether.

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Religious Schools and Church Autonomy at the Crossroads

By: Matthew J. Franck

In the United States, the first colleges and schools were all built on religious foundations. There were no public universities in America before the University of North Carolina was chartered in 1789—the same year Georgetown, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, was created, and the same year the First Amendment was written. Modern K-12 public schooling traces its origins to the “common school movement” of the 1830s. But the common school at first imparted the religious views of an unofficial Protestant “establishment,” prompting immigrant Catholics, led by Bishop (now St.) John Neumann of Philadelphia, to found parochial schools for their children.

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