I’m supportive with students who’re passionate about sharing their faith at school.
One of the best ways is for students to join together to form Bible clubs. They can study the Bible, pray together, and encourage each other.
Despite what you may have been told by public school administrators—students have the constitutionally protected right, to form religious clubs, if the school has other non-curricular clubs.
And they must receive the same privileges given to other clubs—such as making announcements, and using school facilities for meetings.
Alliance Defending Freedom has created an excellent Student Rights Handbook. Be sure to download a free copy at Jim Garlow dot com.
Your child does not have to leave their faith at home when they go to school!
Did you know students can pray at school?
Prayer is private speech so students can engage in it at school, as long as it is initiated and lead by the students.
Children can pray on their own or in groups during non-class time. And that includes praying as a sports team before a game or practice.
I couldn’t be more grateful for Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry that’s an advocate for freely living out our faith.
I urge you to download their free Student Rights Handbook .
It will answer a lot of your questions.
It’s my hope that our nation continue to respect the constitutional protections designed to ensure our religious freedom.
I’ve heard story after story of teachers and school administrators who’ve told children and their parents that they can’t bring their faith to school! It might surprise you to know—they can!
Alliance Defending Freedom has created a free Student Rights Handbook that you can download. It gives you the specific information you need to know about religious freedom in public schools.
It answers such questions as, “Can students pray at school?”
“Is it okay to bring a Bible to school?” And “Can the Bible be used as a resource for an assignment?”
Alliance Defending Freedom has participated in, and won, many of the recent court decisions affirming students’ religious and free speech rights in public schools. Take advantage of their free Student Rights Handbook>>
For the last several years, the Arizona Department of Economic Security has said that a particular Christian school is liable for unemployment taxes—even though state law specifies organizations operated primarily for religious purposes are not subject to those taxes.
State officials are aware of the law, but levied a $25,000 tax bill on the school anyway! Their argument? That the primary purpose of a school is education, not religion.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the school appealed that interpretation and an appeals board reversed the decision.
ADF applauds that decision. The appeals board reached the right conclusion!
Christian schools shouldn’t have to live in fear of being punished by the government when they’ve not done anything wrong!
In Columbia, Missouri, a Christian preschool was denied the right to participate in a playground scrap tire surface grant program—not because their facility didn’t qualify for safety purposes—but because the Department of Natural Resources said that replacing the gravel in the church play area would constitute government funding of religion.
In other words, we shouldn’t protect a child from scraping knees on hard ground, if that ground is owned by a church.
In a recent blog, Alliance Defending Freedom president Alan Sears said, “That’s an interesting kind of discrimination, and one can’t help wondering where it stops. Could country firefighters refuse to use public hoses on church fires?”
Be in prayer that such un-common sense does not prevail!
You’ve heard it: “Well let’s not be judgmental!”
Never confuse having a high biblical standard with being judgmental.
Matthew 7 says, “Don’t judge—unless you’re willing to be judged by the same standard.” And the standard is the Word of God.
In John 8, Jesus said of the woman in sin, “If any of you are without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” It’s not a justification of sin, but an acknowledgement that we’re all sinners.
Paul said to the church at Corinth: “Deal with it—with sin—straightforwardly.” In this case, Paul advised they be removed from the church.
Again. . .don’t confuse a high biblical standard with being judgmental. They’re not the same!