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Oklahoma Voices: Religion in the Classroom (Sep 21, 2008)
The lines separating church and state have been drawn, but that doesn’t necessarily mean religion needs to be totally absent from the classroom. On the next Oklahoma Voices, we hear from several Oklahoma educators and members of the clergy, as well as a Constitutional law expert, about ways religious communities can partner with public schools to help at-risk children, but still uphold the First Amendment. Guests include University of Oklahoma Philosophy Professor Emeritus Tom Boyd; Christy Levings (pictured above), a teacher and member of the National Education Association’s Executive Committee; Mustang teacher and NEA Executive Committee member Carolyn Crowder; Rev. Wade Burleson, Past President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Enid; and First Amendment expert Marcia Beauchamp. They were recorded last March at a two day conference in Norman sponsored by the Oklahoma Education Association.

WEB EXTRAS: See the First Amendment Center’s extensive guide to “Religious Liberty in Public Schools”

The Freedom Forum offers a variety of free publications on issues relating to religion in public schools. See the list of downloadable pamphlets here (scroll down to “religion”)

Read the American Civil Liberties Union’s statement on religion in public schools

View the Williamsburg Charter, a statement on religious liberty signed by over 200 religious, academic and political leaders on the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights

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