Separation of Church and State: A First Amendment Primer
Separation: Good for Government, Good for Religion
Violations of the Separation of Church and State
Public Schools: Teaching Democracy, Not Dogma
Violations of Church-State Separation in Our Public Schools
What You Can Do

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Separation of Church and State:
A First Amendment Primer
What You Can Do

The best way for citizens to protect their constitutional right to be free from religious coercion is to become educated, and to educate others, about the separation of church and state. Local officials need to understand that they may not use their authority, government funds or government property to promote religion, even if the majority in the community approves. School administrators and teachers need to understand that public schools should teach the ideals of American democracy, not religious pedagogy.

If you are concerned that a violation of the separation of church and state is taking place in your community, or if you have questions regarding the Establishment Clause, you may contact your local ADL Regional Office.



























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