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Air Force Academy officials make ‘so help me God’ optional in anti-cheating oath

DENVER — Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say “so help me God” at the end of … Continued

Muslims say they deserve school time off for holidays, too

RNS () — Hannah Shraim, a 14-year old sophomore at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., will miss school on … Continued

When Catholic schools fire gay teachers, laity push back

RNS () — They taught English, gym, music and fifth grade, and are typically described as “beloved” by their students. … Continued

American idol: God does belong in public schools, if a student wants him there

(istockphoto) If you ask a class of 5th graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked … Continued

Bullying of Asian-Americans spikes in New York City schools

RNS () — A report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by two civil rights groups found a dramatic spike in bullying … Continued

Kansas school surrenders to ignorance, removes Islam display

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual hajj or pilgrimage in the holy … Continued

When students protest abortion, can schools draw the line?

Students with deep religious convictions are fast turning public schools into the newest battleground over abortion much to the dismay … Continued

Religious freedom at school

When people ask if kids in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer “only if you think … Continued

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators … Continued

In Texas schools, failing grade for Bible courses

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, … Continued

The case of transgender Catholic school teacher Mark Krolikowski: Keeping the faith while gender notions evolve

Mark Krolikowski wore his hair at shoulder length, his nails long and well manicured, and his ears pierced. His appearance, … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

In East Texas, does cheering for God erase church-state line?

AP In this Sept. 19, 2012 file photo, Kountze High School cheerleaders and other children work on a large sign … Continued

Texas cheerleaders can continue to use banners with Bible verses after a court granted them a temporary restraining order against … Continued

Texas cheerleaders clamor for G-O-D at football games

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their … Continued

God goes back to school

Millions of kids return to school this week – and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of them won’t leave their … Continued

Is this what a gang symbol looks like?

Matt Rourke AP Gang symbol or article of faith? When Jake Balthazor was sent to the office by his teacher … Continued

Supreme Court tosses ‘Christian candy cane’ case

WASHINGTON — An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter on Monday (June 11) when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to … Continued

Combat bullying, but protect religious speech

After years of benign neglect – neglect that was anything but benign for the victims – bullying has finally moved … Continued