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Finding Common Ground

A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools: Revised 2007


Finding Common Ground (2007 revision) by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas is a First Amendment guide to religion and public education published by the First Amendment Center.

The book can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file from this page. An education discount of $10 per copy is available from the First Amendment Center for orders of 10 books or more. For the discount, contact Ashlie Hampton at 202/292-6288 or ahampton@freedomforum.org.

  • Download the Acrobat file of Finding Common Ground (full publication — 2007 revised version). (3.38 MB)

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  • Download the Acrobat file of individual sections of Finding Common Ground:

    • Front cover (187 KB)

    • Front matter
      Title page, table of contents, about the authors, foreword (111 KB)

    • Chapter 1
      "From Battleground to Common Ground" (242 KB)

    • Chapter 2
      "Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy: A Statement of Principles" (143 KB)

    • Chapter 3
      "Strategies for Finding Common Ground" (164 KB)

    • Chapter 4
      "The Supreme Court, Religious Liberty and Public Education" (254 KB)

    • Chapter 5
      "A Teacher's Guide to Religion in Public Schools" (350 KB)

    • Chapter 6
      "Student Religious Expression in Public Schools: United States Department of Education Guidelines" (167 KB)

    • Chapter 7
      "Student Religious Clubs" (250 KB)

    • Chapter 8
      "Student Religious Practices" (338 KB)

    • Chapter 9
      "Religion in the Public School Curriculum" (548 KB)

    • Chapter 10
      "Religious Holidays in Public Schools" (171 KB)

    • Chapter 11
      "The Bible and Public Schools" (106 KB)

    • Chapter 12
      "Public Schools and Religious Communities" (78 KB)

    • Chapter 13
      "Public Schools and Sexual Orientation" (84 KB)

    • Chapter 14
      "Character Education" (318 KB)

    • Chapter 15
      "Sample School District Policies" (207 KB)

    • Chapter 16
      "Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty in Public Schools" (149 KB)

    • Appendix A
      "Contact Information for Organizations Signing Consensus Statements" (40 KB)

    • Appendix B
      "A History of Religious Liberty in American Public Life" (93 KB)

    • Appendix C
      "The Williamsburg Charter" (93 KB)

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