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Graduations In Churches – 2012 Update

Last week, Citizens Project sent letters to local public high schools that are hosting their 2012 graduation ceremonies at churches to let them know of potential church/state separation conflicts that might arise from their venue selection. We sent similar letters last year and met with several schools to ensure their site selection processes were in full compliance with legal precedent. An excerpt from the letter: "We at Citizens Project recognize that many factors are at play when selecting a site for high school graduations, and we trust that this year’s location was selected based on availability, cost and location. As you may know, in 2010 a ...

Citizens’ Religious Freedom Institute a Success

On March 10, 2012, more than 50 educators, administrators, students and community members gathered at Colorado College for the 3rd annual Citizens' Religious Freedom Institute. The program featured content experts including Eric Hall (Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons), Sara Rich (ACLU of Colorado) and Stacy Weathers, PhD and was led by Dr. Ron Walden. Many participants received graduate or in-service credit. Citizens Project thanks our incredible planning committee: Ron, Stacy, Gail, Paul, Jay, Bob, Una, Connie, Bill and Nancy, and staff members RoMa and Kristy for making the event possible. Special thanks to UCCS for offering the course, ...

Citizens Project Reaches Out to Local Schools Regarding Holidays, Colorado HB 1254

Last week, Citizens Project distributed copies of the Anti-Defamation League’s December Dilemma to nearly 200 local schools, urging educators to respect the First Amendment rights of every student and ensure that no child feels left out of or disrespected by holiday celebrations. The organization also included information prepared by the Safe @ School Coalition about recently-passed HB 1254, an anti-bullying measure to keep young people safe at school. The mailing is intended to raise awareness around the laws and constitutional protections afforded to all students, during the holiday season and beyond. The accompanying packet of information ...






School Vouchers, Parental Rights Movements Face Conflicting Interests

By David Trillo, guest writer To many ardent church-state separation activists, and I am definitely ardent, opposition to tax-funded school vouchers for religious or parochial schools approaches an article of faith.  Separationists argue that tax aid to religious schools is a plain, flagrant violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, and may violate state and federal laws by funding institutions that practice religious or other forms of discrimination. Voucher supporters tend to view such prohibitions as discriminatory against religion or violations of parental rights. On August 12, Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez saw ...

Citizens Project responds to graduation ceremonies at churches

Citizens Project recognizes that there are many factors at play for schools and districts when selecting graduation ceremony sites. However, just last year, a federal district court in Connecticut determined that holding graduation ceremonies in religious environments violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and there is significant legal precedent to substantiate this finding. (See Does v. Enfield Public Schools; Musgrove v. Brevard County School Board; Lemke v. Black; Spacco v. Bridgewater School Department.) As your local organization devoted to religious freedom, we believe that every student has a right ...