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Religion In The Classroom, M. G. "Pat" Robertson Feb 1995

Religion In The Classroom, M. G. "Pat" Robertson

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

In this essay, Chancellor Robertson addresses the role religion has had in society, and in the public schools in particular. He stresses the significance religion had to the Founding Fathers and in the inception of a public school system in America. Chancellor Robertson maintains that the remnants of our country's religious heritage can still be seen today. He warns, however, of the dangers that can result, and in fact have resulted, because of the absence of religion in modern society. Chancellor Robertson argues that many Supreme Court cases have distorted the Establishment Clause, resulting in numerous violations of students ...


How Much God In The Schools? A Discussion Of Religion's Role In The Classroom, Nadine Strossen Feb 1995

How Much God In The Schools? A Discussion Of Religion's Role In The Classroom, Nadine Strossen

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

In this essay Professor Strossen addresses the controversial subject of religion in the public schools. She argues that while there may well be instances of unconstitutional government suppression of religious expression, there are certainly many examples of the opposite--unconstitutional government promotion of religion. Professor Strossen discusses the guiding principles governing the relationship between religion and the public schools, as set out by the Supreme Court. She stresses the First Amendment demand that public schools remain neutral toward religion. While they may and should teach about religion, schools may not promote either religion in general or any particular religion. Professor Strossen ...