Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Religion and the Public Schools

Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1987

WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis has a long and distinguished history of support for public education and for the separation of Church and State, and

WHEREAS certain religious groups increasingly attempt to revise and alter curriculum materials to teach a sectarian and dogmatic viewpoint,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the CCAR reaffirm our commitment to public education unencumbered by interference from religious groups, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR reaffirm our commitment to the teaching of a wide diversity of subjects, unaltered by sectarian dogma, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR reaffirm our position that no religious dogma. doctrine. or ceremony be part of public school curricula. However, textbooks and study units should include objective references to the influence and significance of various religions in the history and development of American and world society, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR join with like-minded clergy of all faiths in continued support of the American public school system which was established without bias toward any religious doctrine, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon our elected leaders on local, regional, and national levels to oppose the inclusion of religious dogma, doctrine, or ceremony as part of public school curricula, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we oppose the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we oppose all efforts to remove or censor texts, library books, or media materials, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR commend efforts on the part of school administrators and school boards to resist such intrusions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on other concerned religious bodies to join with us in interreligious dialogue, to deal with the various issues of religion in the public schools.