Expert Comment on Religious Talk in the Classroom

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Media Contact: | | December 19, 2006

Expert comment from the University of Pennsylvania

Religious Talk in the Classroom

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Dec. 19, 2006

Expert:

  Kermit Roosevelt

  Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:

  Constitutional law expert

  Experienced in dealing with print, TV and radio reporters and editors

Quote:

  "The teacher clearly violates the First Amendment by discussing religion in a history class.  The school has the authority to set the curriculum.  Theres a constitutional prohibition on religious proselytizing or indoctrination by state actors, which it sounds like he was doing."