Religious Freedom and Freedom of Conscience
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” In these simple words, our right to freely live and practice our faith is protected. Yet, few people realize the serious threats to our religious freedom and the consequences of those threats.
Efforts by organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are underway to restrict our right to hold to our religious beliefs at work, on a school or university campus, at church, or even when you turn out to vote your values. If successful, these attacks on our religious freedom could greatly restrict our ability to respond to the Great Commission and share the Gospel.
At Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA), we are committed to protecting the right of every Nebraskan to freely live their faith.
Religious Freedom for University and College Students
Across the nation, a growing number of students’ rights on campus have been curtailed by universities and courts alike. Instead of being the “marketplace of ideas,” public universities and colleges remain places of vulnerability for students who wish to live their faith openly. Not only have students been limited, even silenced…
Religious Freedom for Students
Students have the right to pray, discuss their faith, read Scripture, distribute literature, and invite fellow students to join their particular religious group as long as it is voluntary, non- disruptive or coercive, and it occurs during non-instructional time.
Religious Freedom for Teachers
Did you know that public school teachers are allowed to teach about religion in schools? It’s true! Teachers are required by the First Amendment to teach about religion fairly and objectively, neither promoting nor discouraging it. Here are some answers to common questions teachers have about religion in public schools.