Teachers don’t lose religious liberties

Aug 28, 2015 by

Some people believe public school teachers must cast aside all religion when they enter the classroom. But a religious advocacy organization counters that myth with seven ways teachers can rightfully express their religion.

Just as students have the right to religious freedom in public schools, so do public school teachers. Attorney Jeremy Dys of Liberty Institute says the myth is that teachers have to shed their religion once they come into the school.

“Back in the 1960s, in the case of Tinker v. Des Moines, the court there held that students and teachers do not shed their First Amendment rights when they walk through the schoolhouse gates,” he tells OneNewsNow. “So teachers themselves retain much of their religious liberty when they’re at school as well [as students].”

Dys says certain restrictions apply when teachers are acting as an employee of the state because they should reflect the character of the school.

“But if they’re asked questions about their faith, they don’t have to hide from that,” he adds. “If students are curious about what [teachers] personally believe, teachers don’t need to shy away from those questions. When they’re responding in their personal capacity, teachers certainly have the right to talk about their faith in the break room with other teachers.”

The complete list of seven religious liberties for teachers is available on the Liberty Institute website.

 

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