Church-State Separation Group Demands School Remove God From Government Class

A prominent church-state separation group is demanding that officials at an Arizona high school cease referencing Christianity in its government class under threat of a lawsuit. Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), led by Barry Lynn, an attorney who is also ordained in the United Church of Christ, recently sent a letter to Earl Taylor, Jr., the principal of Heritage Academy in Mesa, to issue to the demand. While the organization asserts that the academy’s government class is “anchored heavily in religion,” it specifically and especially takes issue with the use of a textbook called “Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land,” published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies. The book, AU says, cites the divine Creator, biblical law and judgment following death. “All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible,” it reads. “To protect men’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.”

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