William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal


In this essay, Chancellor Robertson addresses the role religion has had in society, and in the public schools in particular. He stresses the significance religion had to the Founding Fathers and in the inception of a public school system in America. Chancellor Robertson maintains that the remnants of our country's religious heritage can still be seen today. He warns, however, of the dangers that can result, and in fact have resulted, because of the absence of religion in modern society. Chancellor Robertson argues that many Supreme Court cases have distorted the Establishment Clause, resulting in numerous violations of students' freedom of religious expression. He concludes by urging that many Americans want religion returned to the public classroom and to its place in society.

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