Clinton's guidelines were written to swing both ways.
When Islam is presented, latitude is provided. When Christianity is
presented, the clauses in red have been strictly adhered to, and the
ACLU laughs because these guidelines were issued by the ACLU's handpicked separation of church
and state "religious groups," (seemingly representing
Christians), civil rights groups and the American Muslim Council,
Over and over again, Islam is afforded
favor under these guidelines while Christianity is confronted by
clauses purposefully included, [in red by me]. This is perfectly
demonstrated by Clinton's nominee,
U.S. District Judge Phyllis
decision to allow "Islam: A Simulation".
RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN PUBLIC
Student prayer and religious discussion: The Establishment
Clause of the First Amendment does not prohibit purely private
religious speech by students. Students therefore have the same right
to engage in individual or group prayer and religious discussion
during the school day as they do to engage in other comparable
activity. For example, students may read their Bibles or other
scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray before tests to the same
extent they may engage in comparable nondisruptive activities.
Local school authorities possess substantial
discretion to impose rules of order and other pedagogical restrictions
on student activities, but they may not structure or administer
such rules to discriminate against religious activity or speech.
Generally, students may pray in a nondisruptive manner when not
engaged in school activities or instruction, and subject to the rules
that normally pertain in the applicable setting. Specifically,
students in informal settings, such as cafeterias and hallways, may
pray and discuss their religious views with each other, subject to the
same rules of order as apply to other student activities and speech.
Students may also speak to, and attempt to persuade, their peers about
religious topics just as they do with regard to political topics.
School officials, however, should intercede to
stop student speech that constitutes harassment aimed at a student or
a group of students.
Students may also participate in before or after school events with
religious content, such as "see you at the flag pole" gatherings,
on the same terms as they may participate in
other noncurriculum activities on school premises. School
officials may neither discourage nor encourage participation in such
The right to engage in voluntary prayer or religious discussion
free from discrimination does not include the
right to have a captive audience listen, or to compel other students
to participate. Teachers and school administrators should ensure that
no student is in any way coerced to participate in religious activity.
Graduation prayer and baccalaureates: Under current Supreme
Court decisions, school officials may not mandate or organize prayer
at graduation, nor organize religious baccalaureate ceremonies. If a
school generally opens its facilities to private groups, it must make
its facilities available on the same terms to organizers of privately
sponsored religious baccalaureate services. A school may not extend
preferential treatment to baccalaureate ceremonies and may in some
instances be obliged to disclaim official endorsement of such
ceremonies. [needs no back door, entire
paragraph is selectively restrictive]
Official neutrality regarding religious activity: Teachers
and school administrators, when acting in those capacities, are
representatives of the state and are prohibited by the establishment
clause from soliciting or encouraging religious activity, and from
participating in such activity with students.
[toggle switch dependant on whose asking:] Teachers and
administrators also are prohibited from discouraging activity because
of its religious content, and from soliciting or encouraging
Teaching about religion: Public schools may not provide
religious instruction, but they may teach about religion,
including the Bible or other scripture: the history of religion,
comparative religion, the Bible (or other scripture)-as-literature,
and the role of religion in the history of the United States and other
countries all are permissible public school subjects. Similarly, it is
permissible to consider religious influences on art, music,
literature, and social studies. Although public schools may teach
about religious holidays, including their religious aspects, and may
celebrate the secular aspects of holidays,
schools may not observe holidays as religious events or promote such
observance by students. [unbelievable how this is only activated for
Student assignments: Students may express their beliefs
about religion in the form of homework, artwork, and other written and
oral assignments free of discrimination based on the religious content
of their submissions. Such home and classroom work should be judged by
ordinary academic standards of substance and relevance,
and against other legitimate pedagogical
concerns identified by the school.
Religious literature: Students have a right to distribute
religious literature to their schoolmates on the same terms as they
are permitted to distribute other literature that is unrelated to
school curriculum or activities. Schools may
impose the same reasonable time, place, and manner or
other constitutional restrictions on
distribution of religious literature as they do on nonschool
literature generally, but they may not single out religious literature
for special regulation.
Religious excusals: Subject to applicable State laws,
schools enjoy substantial discretion to excuse individual students
from lessons that are objectionable to the student or the students'
parents on religious or other conscientious grounds. However,
students generally do not have a Federal right
to be excused from lessons that may be inconsistent with their
religious beliefs or practices. School officials may neither
encourage nor discourage students from availing themselves of an
Released time: Subject to applicable
State laws, schools have the discretion
to dismiss students to off-premises religious instruction, provided
that schools do not encourage or discourage participation or penalize
those who do not attend. Schools may not allow
religious instruction by outsiders on school premises during the
Teaching values: Though schools must be neutral with respect
to religion, they may play an active role with respect to teaching
civic values and virtue, and the moral code that holds us together as
a community. The fact that some of these values are held also by
religions does not make it unlawful to teach them in school.
[empowers schools to pick and choose, i.e.,
"Islam, a way of life" emphasized in textbook]
Student garb: Schools enjoy substantial discretion in
adopting policies relating to student dress and school uniforms.
Students generally have no Federal right to be
exempted from religiously-neutral and generally applicable school
dress rules based on their religious beliefs or practices;
however, schools may not single out religious attire in general, or
attire of a particular religion, for prohibition or regulation.
Students may display religious messages on items of clothing to the
same extent that they are permitted to display other comparable
messages. Religious messages may not be singled out for suppression,
but rather are subject to the same rules as
generally apply to comparable messages.
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