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Issues: Religious Liberty in Schools

Protecting Your Right to Religious Freedom in School
February 10, 2016


Defending the religious liberty rights of students, parents, teachers, and school staff

First Liberty Institute defends people of all faiths who are facing legal retribution for expressing their religious beliefs in school. At First Liberty, we equip people with the knowledge they need to safeguard their rights, and are committed to restoring those rights when they are violated.

Many people are unsure about what rights they have to express their faith at school. Because of this, as well as misapplication of the law, or even outright hostility to religious expression, the public school is often grounds for the violation of religious liberty rights for people of all faiths, including:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers, principals, and staff
  • Religious organizations and clubs

Religious expression in school is not only protected by the First Amendment, but it is also guarded by important precedents set in cases such as Tinker v. Des Moines. In the 1969 decision, Justice Abe Fortas wrote:

“It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

At First Liberty Institute, we equip students, parents, teachers, and staff with the knowledge they need to exercise their rights in accordance with the law, without fear of discrimination.

Empowering You to Protect Your Rights

To learn more about the rights of students and teachers in public schools, please read our free Religious Liberty Protection Kit for Students and Teachers.

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