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Should Public Teachers Leave Their Religious Garb at the Schoolhouse Gate?

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Should Public Teachers Leave Their Religious Garb at the Schoolhouse Gate?

Time: April 15, 2012 from 11am to 12:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Phone: 215-563-3980
Event Type: worship
Organized By: Former Settled Minister
Latest Activity: Apr 4, 2012

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Reverend Nate uses his doctoral dissertation to ask, Before stepping onto school grounds, should public teachers who identify as Christians bury their cross necklaces in their shirts? Should educators who practice Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism leave their head coverings at the schoolhouse gate? To some the answer is unabashedly, “Yes – it is a compelling state interest to avoid religious endorsement in public schools by regulating teachers’ dress so that students do not perceive the state as endorsing religion and that students are protected from possible religious coercion.” Others respond with an impassioned, “No – although limited, teachers do not entirely give up their constitutional rights to free speech and free exercise of religion when becoming employees of the state. It is unlawful to discriminate based on religious practice and unpatriotic to teach students that the United States is hostile to religion.”

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3eqnffppt96ve Comment by 3eqnffppt96ve on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am

Now member of UU's of Cumberland Valley in Boiling Springs, PA.  Philadelphia native hoping to move home after nearly 30 years in Central PA. When I left I was Phila Catholic Parochial (12 yrs with the nuns & 5 yrs with the Jesuits). A very different woman is returning and First UU feels just right !!  Can't wait. Kathy Bell 

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