Religious Freedom Day a Puzzler for Schools

January 11, 2008


Source: Star Tribune

President Bush has declared Wednesday as Religious Freedom Day, calling upon Americans to "observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools and places of worship." That's not likely to be a problem in homes and places of worship, but things could get tense at schools.

"Educators run from this," said Eric Beuhrer, president of the California-based Gateways to Better Education. "This myth has been built up in educators' minds that the strict separation of church and state means that if one student wants to say 'Merry Christmas' to another student, they get all nervous and say, 'You can't do that!'"