As the American Civil Liberties Union conducts its "Religious
Freedom Goes to School" campaign, allegedly to preserve religious
rights, a conservative organization says the effort does just the
Alliance Defending Freedom says the campaign
paints an inaccurate picture of religious rights that students,
teachers and administrators have. Legal counsel Matt Sharp gives
one example involving the misleading advice the ACLU is giving
South Carolina educators.
"The ACLU said that the Bible can never -- the Bible or any
religious text -- can never be used in the study of history …
science or anything like that at the school, and that's absolutely
false," Sharp asserts. "In fact, the Supreme Court has said that
the Bible is worthy of study for its historical qualities, for its
In response to the campaign, ADF has sent out letters to school
districts to correct the distortions.
"Our concern is that ... schools can be misled into restricting
religious liberties rather than guaranteeing the full spectrum of
religious liberties that our Constitution grants students and
teachers," the attorney shares.
Sharp encourages anyone, whether in South Carolina or elsewhere,
who has a concern about his or her religious freedoms at
school to contact Alliance Defending Freedom.