Dr. Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum. He writes and speaks extensively on
religious liberty and religion in American public life.
Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment issues in public
schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and
drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a
broad range of religious and educational organizations. In January 2000, three
of these guides were distributed by the U.S. Department of Education to every
public school in the nation. (See also A Parent's
Guide to Religion in the Public Schools, A
Teacher's Guide to Religion in the Public Schools and Public Schools & Religious Communities.)
Haynes is the author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms:
A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America (2006) and
Religion in American Public Life. His column, Inside the First Amendment,
appears in newspapers nationwide.
He is a founding board member of the Character Education Partnership and
serves on the steering committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of
Schools and the American Bar Association Advisory Commission on Public
Education. He chairs the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council
Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Haynes is also a
frequent guest on television and radio. He has been profiled in The Wall
Street Journal and on ABC’s "Evening News." In 2008 he received the Virginia
First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom.
Haynes holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate
from Emory University.
Charles C. Haynes
First Amendment Center
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Washington, DC 20001
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