Linda K. Wertheimer, a former education editor of The Boston Globe, is the author of Faith Ed.: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance. Find her on Twitter @lindakwert.

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Fight to Stop Bible Class in Public School Resurrects Troubled History With Religion

by Linda K. Wertheimer 03-27-2017

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Legally, the federal civil suit the mother and the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation recently filed against Mercer County schools is clear-cut: It is unconstitutional to preach the Bible to students in school. But there‚Äôs another pressing reason to keep these classes out of public schools: to prevent ostracizing of religious minorities and atheists. 

Indoctrination of Islam Is Not the Real Issue in Public School Lessons on Religion

by Linda K. Wertheimer 01-14-2016

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Opponents of lessons on Islam often claim that Christianity takes a back seat in public schools’ religious instruction. That’s what an Augusta County, Va., mother argued recently when she opposed a teacher’s use of the Muslim statement of belief in a calligraphy exercise. She held a forum at a local church to protest how her religion wasn’t allowed in schools, but Islam was.