38 results for tag: separation of church and state


Tebowmania and Religious Freedom

This column by Kristy Milligan appeared in The Gazette on 12/27/11. Citizens Project, a local organization dedicated to promoting and protecting equality, diversity and religious freedom through the separation of church and state, supports Tim Tebow’s right to celebrate God in the end zone. That’s the thing about the First Amendment. The free speech and exercise clauses protect every private citizen. Religious freedom means religious freedom. Citizens Project also has no fundamental objection to students exercising their right to assemble, pray, or “Tebow” in the hallways of their public schools, assuming they comply with conduct codes and ...

2011: The Year in Review

Thanks to Citizens Project's inspired leadership, our volunteers, interns, collaborators, supporters and activists, 2011 was an incredible year! Below are just a few of the things we were able to accomplish with your help: Awards Citizens Project received several honors over the last year including: the Gay & Lesbian Fund Advancing Equality Award, "Ally of the Year" from the Colorado Springs Pride Center, and the "Steady and Strong for Diversity and Inclusion" award from the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum. Events Citizens Project events are more than fundraisers or friend-raisers; they're community in action, bringing together people from ...

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 ...

Citizens’ Religious Freedom Institute

Citizens Project is proud to present the second annual Citizens' Religious Freedom Institute, a one day seminar on how the First Amendment to the US Constitution protects religious freedom in public schools. For teachers, students, parents, administrators, staff, school board members, and open to the public. Saturday March 12, 2011 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Participants will learn: How the law defines religious freedom in the public school setting, Best practices for respecting all students’ religious freedom, and How to be an advocate for religious freedom in your school. In-service credit for teachers and graduate credit is ...


Texas Board of Education re-writes history

Educators, historians, journalists and commentators all over the country are decrying the decision by the Texas Board of Education to approve highly politicized revisions to public school curriculum. Thanks to the Texas Freedom Network for this round-up: A San Francisco Chronicle columnist sharply criticizes the State Board of Education's rewriting of Texas social studies standards. San Francisco Chronicle Historians on Tuesday criticized proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum, saying that many of the changes are historically inaccurate and that they would affect textbooks and classrooms far beyond the state's borders. Washing...