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American Association of School Administrators
If your school district is concerned about appropriate ways to include teaching about religions in your school curriculum, here are some important considerations:
-- quoted from The Great Quotations On Religious Freedom compiled by Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr.
The American Baptist Bill of Rights
Believing religious liberty to be not only an inalienable human right, but indispensable to human welfare ... Baptists condemn every form of compulsion in religion or restraint of the free consideration of the claims of religion.
American Jewish Congress
The principle of separation of church and state as a foundation of our constitutional system has always meant that religion is outside the recognition and sphere of the political government and that the state has no constitutional power to enter alliances with churches and other religious bodies.
American Lutheran Church
Laws mandating voluntary prayer in the public schools are unnecessary. Moreover, were the state to mandate such prayer, it would be no longer genuinely voluntary ... Devotional exercises to cultivate and nurture the religious faith of young people do not belong in the schools, but in the home and the church.
Americans for Religious Liberty
We believe in the American tradition of religious and intellectual freedom within a secular democratic state. We believe in the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison which gave birth to this tradition. We believe in the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights which make it the law of the land.
A free and secular democratic state guarantees religious liberty. It guarantees equal freedom to the religious and the non-religious. It makes religious faith a private matter and gives no special privileges to any religious idea or practice. Both prayers sponsored by public schools and public aid to private schools are violations of its integrity.
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Religion flourishes best when it is free of political alliances.
We believe that in any decision whether or not to terminate pregnancy, the individual family or woman must weigh the tradition as they struggle to formulate their own religious and moral criteria to reach their own personal decision ... We believe that the proper locus for formulating these religious and moral criteria and for making this decision must be the individual family or woman and not the state or other external agency.
Whereas the principles and concepts of biological evolution are basic to understanding science; and
Cincinnati Board of Education
Religious instruction and the reading of religious books, including the Holy Bible, are prohibited in the common schools of Cincinnati. The children of the parents of all sects and opinions, in matters of faith and worship, are to enjoy alike the benefit of the common school fund.
We insist that the use of religious radio and TV and local pulpits in support of particular candidates in the name of God distorts Christian truth and threatens American religious freedom.
Whereas, the state legislatures of several states have recently passed socalled "balanced treatment" laws requiring the teaching of "Creation-science" whenever evolutionary models are taught; and
National Research Council
The Kansas standards effectively eliminated consideration of any aspects of evolution that examine the origins of the Earth and life and processes that may give rise to the formation of new species ... (and) adopted a position that is contrary to modern science.
National Academy of Sciences
Many scientific explanations have been so thoroughly tested and confirmed that they are held with great confidence. The theory of evolution is one of these well-established explanations. An enormous amount of scientific investigation since the mid-19th century has converted early ideas about evolution proposed by Darwin and others into a strong and well-supported theory. Today, evolution is an extremely active field of research, with an abundance of new discoveries that are continually increasing our understanding of how evolution occurs.
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