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The Takeaway

Louisiana Wants The Bible to be Official State Book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Louisiana, serious controversy has arisen over a proposed bill to declare an official state book. That book? It's the King James Bible. Last Thursday, by an 8 to 5 margin, the bill passed committee with bipartisan support.

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Religious Space for Crowded Schools: Godsend or Trouble?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

City lawyers have been arguing for years that letting religious groups rent space in public schools for Sunday worship violates the separation of church and state and could confuse students about the schools’ secular identity. At the same time, the city has increasingly been turning to the religious establishments to rent classroom space – to relieve school overcrowding – a policy that WNYC reports is troubling people on both sides of the church-state divide.

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High School Admissions Letters Go Out to Students

Thursday, March 01, 2012

On Wednesday the city said that more black and Latino students were accepted into the city's elite public high school in the admissions process. On Thursday, more eighth graders will learn which schools admitted them -- from letters distributed at their schools or sent home.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Religion in Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Rick Santorum pushed his socially conservative message to new heights by denouncing the separation of church and state. Specifically, he stated that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech supporting the split "made [him] want to throw up," and began the turn away from American values. However, some historians assert that the age-old debate over the role of religion in politics is actually quite recent, and only entered public discourse with the rise of the religious right in the late 80s and early 90s.

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Bloomberg Defends Schools' Ban on Church Services

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday was the last day that several dozen churches were allowed to hold worship services there, after federal courts allowed the city to eject them. At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg defended the ban.

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Church Groups Push Albany to Allow Them Back Into School Buildings

Friday, February 03, 2012

Church groups and some lawmakers are putting pressure on Albany to pass legislation that would allow them to continue to worship in public schools, an end run around a court-upheld Department of Education policy barring the groups. And in other news, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's preliminary budget did not threaten teachers with layoffs, a notable fact only because for the last two years, he has proposed to cut thousands of teaching jobs.

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On Keeping Church and Schools Separate

Thursday, February 02, 2012

After a long legal fight, some 160 religious congregations in New York City have until Feb. 12 to stop using schools as houses of worship, even though some religious leaders are still trying to win over local legislators to change the rules. The writer, a civil liberties lawyer, says the Department of Education is right to erect a wall between religious worship and schools.

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