Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom in Your Homeschool

It’s not hard to find examples of the controversy surrounding the First Amendment and the definition of religious freedom in America. You can turn on practically any news channel or open a newspaper and find one. This Homeschool Living focuses on the definition, history, and application of religious freedom and what it means to us as homeschoolers.

The Definition of Religious Freedom

What does religious freedom mean? This article from Belief Net explores the ways in which the American religious landscape has changed over the past centuries. The First Amendment has two provisions concerning religion: the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause. You can also find additional resources at to help define the two provisions and provide examples of related cases.

The History of Religious Freedom

Did the pilgrims really come to America in search of religious freedom? This reflective blog post discusses what it means to say that, and how their motivations apply to us as Christians today. Check out the History Channel for a concise timeline of the history of religious freedom in America. You can check out this excerpt from Great American Statesmen and Heroes by Catherine Millard and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture website to learn about Thomas Jefferson and his Act for Establishing Religious Freedom in the state of Virginia in 1786.

The Application of Religious Freedom

How does religious freedom relate to us as homeschoolers? Learn more about Virginia’s religious exemption statute and the recent attempts to amend it.

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