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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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