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Public School Credit for Religious Electives

Alabama Bill Would Authorize "Release Time" Programs for Creationism as Alternative to Evolution

90.3 WBHM Birmingham-- A bill in the Alabama House would allow public school students to get elective credit for religious instruction. Southern Education Desk Reporter Dan Carsen recently interviewed Blaine Galliher, the bill's sponsor and a proponent of such "release time" programs, which would have to be approved by local school boards and would not cost the schools any money. Galliher said students would not be coerced in any way. The next day Dan discussed the bill with legal scholar and religious liberty advocate Professor Douglas Laycock. Here's what he had to say about the bill:

~ Dan Carsen, February 16, 2012

Note added November 7, 2013: Click here and here for recent NPR stories featuring Laycock arguing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.