Religious Rights to Educate

studentsOur country’s rich tradition and constitutional right of religious liberty has allowed generations of Americans to benefit from Church-based education, with a religious and moral foundation.

Last month, San Francisco’s Catholic Archbishop announced that all teachers in their local high schools would be required to sign certain contract clauses, affirming they will not publicly “contradict, undermine or deny” traditional church teachings on matters of human sexuality, marriage, life, pornography and other moral issues.

You can read the whole statement here. It restates the moral foundations for religious-based education in these Catholic Church-sponsored schools. The same goals are generally held by all private, religious schools. In fact, that is why so many parents sacrifice to send their children to church-run schools, to assist them in their parental duties of educating their children and encouraging them in developing mature moral values.

But now, the Archdiocese is getting push-back from some secular teachers and liberal lawmakers. Two California Assembly members are seeking to launch an investigation into the “working conditions” at high schools run by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

This is a blatant attack on the religious rights of churches to control what is taught in their own educational institutions.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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