STUDENT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
If you have any questions regarding Student Religious Freedom, please contact us for a Free Student Religious Freedom Consultation.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The right to freedom of religion includes the right to be free from religion: "Public schools are run by the government. Therefore, they must obey the First Amendment.
This means that they can teach about the influences of religion in history, literature, and philosophy- they can't promote religious beliefs or practices as a part of the curriculum.
Also, students can be excused from some school activities if they conflict with their religious beliefs" ("Ask Sybil Liberty"). The issue of religion has also been brought up in regards to prayer and graduation. In 1992, the United States Supreme Court in Lee v. Weisman stated, "The First Amendment's Religion Clauses mean that religious beliefs and religious expression are too precious to be either proscribed or prescribed by the State" (Harrison and Gilbert 161).
The court held that prayers at public high school graduations are unconstitutional. However, students can pray and have prayer groups at school if the groups are not sponsored or endorsed by school officials.
If you feel that your right of religious freedom has been violated, please contact us for a Free Student Religious Freedom Consultation.