Religious Practices at School Board Meetings

RESOLUTION 15-05.67L

Religious Practices at School Board Meetings

Whereas we support the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to free speech and prohibits Government from preferring or elevating one religion over another. We also recognize the recent Supreme Court ruling which supports invocations at some public meetings but which does not sanction prayer or other religious expression at public school board meetings or school gatherings; and

Whereas proselytizing on behalf of a specific religion at publicly funded school board meetings may violate constitutional and statutory provisions, and school boards need legal guidance on what actions may lead to such violations and possible sanctions; and

Therefore Be it Resolved that we strongly urge our school board officials to refrain from religious proselytizing and request that the California Attorney General’s office, working with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, prepare a publication, which combined with responses to inquiries from California school board members, will assist school board members and County Boards of Education in avoiding violations of state and federal constitutional and statutory provisions designed to prevent religious proselytizing in our schools; and

Therefore Be it Further Resolved that the California Democratic Party inform the California Attorney General and State Superintendent of Public Instruction of this resolution and encourage Democratic County Central Committees to communicate this resolution to Democratic school board members in their counties.

Sponsored by the San Bernadino County Democratic Party

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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