Religious Freedom Goes to School

Through the Religious Freedom Goes to School campaign, the ACLU and ACLU of South Carolina aim to spark a renewed focus on religious freedom in public schools and local communities across the state. We are challenging all of South Carolina’s public schools to do more to protect religious freedom because all students, regardless of faith or belief system, should feel safe and welcome in our public schools.

Standing Up for What You Believe In

Standing Up for What You Believe In

By Jordan Anderson, ACLU Plaintiff. In late 2011, the ACLU and ACLU of South Carolina brought a lawsuit against Chesterfield County School District on behalf of student Jordan Anderson and his father, Jonathan Anderson. The lawsuit sought to put a stop to the school district’s widespread religious freedom violations, including official prayer at school events, school-day assemblies featuring preaching, and displays of religious symbols such as crosses and the Ten Commandments. The lawsuit resulted in a consent decree restoring religious freedom to all district students. Jordan’s blog is part of this week’s “Religious Freedom Goes to School” blog series.

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:21pm

"What's the harm?" That is the question we are often asked when the ACLU steps in to stop public school officials from including official prayer in school events and proselytizing students. It was a question posed by many community members in the Chesterfield…

Respecting All Faiths in Our Public Schools

Respecting All Faiths in Our Public Schools

By Dr. A. Scott Henderson. When I was a first-year teacher, I had the opportunity to tutor an eighth-grade boy (I’ll call him “John”) who had recently moved to the United States from India. We spent an hour together each day for an entire school year. During that time I got to know John pretty well.

Protecting Our Faith By Respecting the Constitution

Protecting Our Faith By Respecting the Constitution

By Rev. Paul Wood

Paul Wood is a minister at the First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, South Carolina. His blog is part of this week’s “Religious Freedom Goes to School” blog series. Share your story about religious freedom…

Backpacks and Belief:  Religious Freedom Goes to School in South Carolina

Backpacks and Belief: Religious Freedom Goes to School in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:34pm

The new school year starts this week for most public schools across South Carolina, and the ACLU wants to make sure students, parents, and schools are primed on one particularly important subject: religious freedom. That’s why the ACLU and…

Constitution Day:  Cherry-picking the First Amendment

Constitution Day: Cherry-picking the First Amendment

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 1:30pm

Today, many public schools will recognize and celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  Two hundred and twenty-five years later, you might think we could all agree on a few simple principles regarding…

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

By Harrison Hopkins

Harrison Hopkins graduated in 2011 from Laurens District 55 High School in Laurens, South Carolina. He is currently a sophomore at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where he is the founder and current president of the Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College. His blog is part of this week’s “Religious Freedom Goes to School” blog series. Share your story about religious freedom in South Carolina’s public schools by reporting potential religious freedom violations to us.

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