Framing the Discussion
Guidelines Based on Experience:
Re-establishing the Integrity of Church-State Separation
* Action Steps
* Research voting record of your representative
* Sample Draft Letters
Protecting First Amendment Rights of Students:
* An Agreement of Compliance
* Background Briefs
* School Prayer
Evolution vs Creationism
* Uphold Science Standards
Extremist Challenges to School Boards:
* Tools from Freedom to Learn Network
Talking points to frame the discussion:
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Claims that the United States is a "Christian Nation"
- It is wrong to force people to participate in religious activities to get help paid for by taxpayers.
- Government funding for religious activities will force religions to compete with each other, rather than cooperate for the good of all.
- If the government funds religious activity, we will all lose our religious freedom because the government will choose to fund only some religions.
Religion in public schools and school related events
- Our nation has flourished for over 200 years because our Founders adopted a Constitution that keeps government out of religion and religion out of government.
- There is no reference to God or to Christianity in the United States Constitution. Surely this is not an accident, since many of the authors of that document wrote
about their own faiths in other contexts.
- The right to practice my religion includes respecting the right of others to not be subjected to my religious practices.
Posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings
- Meaningful, voluntary, private prayer has never been taken out of public school.
- Imposing prayer on a captive audience of students of diverse faiths threatens everyone's freedom of conscience.
- Public recitation of prayers can trivialize prayer and be an affront to some devout people.
- The Ten Commandments belong in Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, where clergy can interpret them.
- The first four Commandments deal only with religion and are not relevant to morality.
- Our government routinely disobeys the Sixth Commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Kill" by imposing the death penalty, arming police with lethal weapons, selling
armaments, and conducting military actions.