Since 1993, the President annually declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.
Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines explaining students’ religious liberties. Students can pray, read their Bibles, and talk about their faith at school during school hours. They can organize prayer groups and Bible studies and announce their meetings. They can express their faith in their class work and homework.
Use Religious Freedom Day in your church and schools is to promote students’ right of religious expression by informing educators, parents, and students about those liberties.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Church Members & Leaders
Give this flyer to your church’s Senior Pastor and Youth Pastor. Every student, K-12, needs to know the various ways they can express their faith at school. Distribute Free to Speak pamphlets to students and parents on the Sunday before Religious Freedom Day so they can pass them out to classmates and teachers.
Pass a resolution joining the President in recognizing Religious Freedom Day.
School Board Members & Educators
Public School-Produced Video on Student's Freedom of Religious Expression (Use this video in your schools.)
Pass a resolution joining the President in recognizing Religious Freedom Day and have school leaders distribute the U.S. Department of Education guidelines to teachers, students, and parents.
The Three R's of Religion in Schools from BCS Communications on Vimeo.