First Liberty Briefing: Indiana Makes Protecting Religious Liberty in Public Schools a Priority

First Liberty Briefing: Indiana Makes Protecting Religious Liberty in Public Schools a Priority June 6, 2017

The Hoosier state has taken steps to codify important religious liberty protections for Indiana’s students.

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Indiana Makes Protecting Religious Liberty in Public Schools a Priority

In April of 2017, the Indiana General Assembly passed, and its governor quickly signed, a measure providing students with the chance to take an elective surveying the worlds religions, while outlining the civil liberties afforded to its students in Indiana’s public schools. The new law provides each local school district the freedom to offer an elective course that will study the historical, cultural, and literary contributions of the world’s major religions.

Indiana Makes Protecting Religious Liberty in Public Schools a Priority
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At the same time, some of the critical civil liberties protected by the law include protecting a student’s right to express their religious beliefs in class and class assignments, the right to pray before, during, and after the school day, and the right to access a school’s facilities in the same manner that secular groups do.

Of course, many of these protections are found in policies issued by the United States Department of Education. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see a state dedicate significant legislative effort to religious liberty.

Students should not be required to hide their faith at school, nor should they be punished for daring to discuss their religious beliefs while at school.

Religious liberty should be our national priority. It’s good to see that, at least for one state, it’s a clear priority for their students.

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First Liberty Institute is the largest organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Find out more here.

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