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Students can express their religious beliefs during class or as part of an assignment.

True   False

TRUE

The correct answer is TRUE if the expression is relevant to the subject under consideration and meets the requirements of the assignment, but you wouldn’t know it by the way school officials sometimes behave. Administrators at a North Carolina elementary school censored a first-grader’s poem honoring her grandfather’s military service, removing a sentence that read, “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.”

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Question 2 of 7

Students can distribute written religious material at school.

True   False

TRUE

The correct answer here is also TRUE if the distribution occurs during non-instructional time and does not materially and substantially interfere with the operation of the school. But don’t mention that to many public school officials. Recently, a school district in northeastern Pennsylvania stopped a fifth-grader from distributing invitations to a Christmas party at her church. Alliance Defending Freedom stepped in and a court ruled that the district’s actions were unconstitutional.

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Question 3 of 7

Students can advertise religious events at school.

True   False

TRUE

TRUE again. Schools must allow religious students to promote their events through the same channels they make available for nonreligious students to promote their events. And again, schools frequently violate this right in outrageous ways. An Arizona high school banned a Christian student club from making announcements over its public address system, even though all other clubs were allowed to broadcast their messages. Alliance Defending Freedom intervened and a federal judge restored the students’ rights.

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Question 4 of 7

Students can include religious remarks as part of their graduation speech.

True   False

TRUE

The correct answer is TRUE, so long as they are selected by a neutral process and not encouraged by school officials to include religious remarks. But every year, at graduation time, the myth that students may not include religious references in their graduation speeches rears its ugly head again. Recently, a Minnesota high school told a graduating senior that she would be banned from speaking at her graduation if she did not remove a quote from the Bible from her speech.

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Question 5 of 7

Religious clubs can get funding from their schools if other clubs receive funding.

True   False

TRUE

Once more, the correct answer is TRUE. But that hasn’t stopped discrimination against Christian student groups. For instance, a California high school denied a Christian student club the official recognition it needed in order to get student activity funds and other benefits, until Alliance Defending Freedom took the case and a federal appeals court ordered the school to reverse its policy.

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Question 6 of 7

Religious clubs can invite outside speakers to meetings if other clubs can invite outside speakers.

True   False

TRUE

Also TRUE. The Equal Access Act guarantees that Christian student clubs can use the same methods to communicate their views that other student clubs are permitted to use, including inviting outside speakers to meetings.

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Question 7 of 7

Coaches can pray, study the Bible, and participate in group religious activities with other coaches and teachers.

True   False

TRUE

The correct answer here is TRUE as well. These rights are all constitutionally protected, but there are those who would like to take them away. After bullying by the ACLU, a Florida school district went so far that one employee tearfully reported she had to hide in a closet to pray with a coworker whose 2-year-old child had died.

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1. True Students can express their religious beliefs during class or as part of an assignment.
2. True Students can distribute written religious material at school.
3. True Students can advertise religious events at school.
4. True Students can include religious remarks as part of their graduation speech.
5. True Religious clubs can get funding from their schools if other clubs receive funding.
6. True Religious clubs can invite outside speakers to meetings if other clubs can invite outside speakers.
7. True Coaches can pray, study the Bible, and participate in group religious activities with other coaches and teachers.
       

You could be misinformed about your rights

Too many parents, students, and educators simply don’t know their rights. Those who oppose religious freedom are taking advantage of this confusion to impose their own agenda on America. They’ve helped re-create the illusion that you must check your religious freedom at the schoolhouse door.

Nothing could be further from the truth! The Constitution and religious freedom apply everywhere, including inside the public schools your tax dollars support.

Although open hostility to Christianity and harassment of Christians remain common in our schools, you don’t have to just surrender if your family comes under attack.

Christians today have an alternative — Alliance Defending Freedom.

Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting to defend your religious freedom

Standing alone, Christian students and their families are overmatched by the deeply entrenched public education establishment. In addition to support from the Obama Administration, they have access to untold millions in tax funds provided by you and your fellow citizens.

But when the Body of Christ stands, prays, and fights together, we can defeat those who want to use the public schools to help create a God-free America.

With God’s grace and help from many Ministry Friends, we’ve won more than 80% of our public education-related cases!