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Americans United for Separation of Church and State Essay Contest


April 15, 2020

Awards Available: 3

  • Scholarship Description
  • While ever-present, the threats to church-state separation have evolved over the years. In addition to the many cases of prayer in public schools and religious displays on government property, we now face new dangers, including discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and religious minorities in the name of religion, attempts to change the tax code so politicians can pressure nonprofits - including houses of worship - for endorsements and efforts to ban people from entering the country because of their religion. The essay topic for this year is: "What do you think has been the greatest threat to church-state separation in the past year? What have you or others in your community done to oppose this threat? What are some of the barriers that prevent work on this issue? And what more can be done?" For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website
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CHRIS H  on 10/22/2019 2:36:39 PM

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Thomas Jefferson, 01/01/1802

Andrew D  on 1/11/2019 3:11:08 PM

"They do not even get the chance to make their own decisions about what the believe because schools and society make those choices for them," lol sounds a lot like religion to me

Gabriel U  on 1/8/2019 7:48:10 PM

In my opinion, it is about time someone tackled this hot-button issue.

Rhianna L  on 12/21/2018 6:36:10 AM

If you think this is biased, though separation of church and state being the actual law, then do not apply. It is that simple.

PURNIMA M  on 12/21/2018 6:18:53 AM

I am a Freshman. Can I apply for this scholarship program.

Greg A  on 11/13/2018 12:39:00 PM

I am not a legal citizen, can I still apply?

Miranda C  on 11/12/2018 6:08:54 PM

I will not be applying for this scholarship, because this is a close-minded topic and is clearly biased.

Thomas R  on 10/20/2018 8:02:30 PM

I love this topic! As as student taking AP US Government and Constitution, it is exciting to cover these controversial topics and see how each court ruling has affected how we persieve each view in society. From the court case ruling of Wisconsin v. Yoder in 1972 to the court case ruling of the Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway in 2014, the church-state separation is by all means one of the most controversial and most beneficial to our society. If you truly want to argue against it, look at almost all wars against countries from history: the Amerircan Revolution, the Crusades, and World War II. These three are just some of the many wars that have been fought/caused by religious involement. Our religious backgrounds- whether we like it or not- is one of the biggest factors that hold us back from furthering our commutal society to a global society. If we set up a national religion, I believe we would have more than just terrorist attacks but national/global catastrophies. Court cases would be based upon a religon rather than morality or based on our fundamental rights as citizens of our nation. Not everyone in this world is believes the same thing that you do. if you are Christian, people of Baptist descent may believe something completely different from a person of Lutherian descent, even though they're the same religion but different denomination.

Natalie K  on 8/28/2018 11:29:03 AM

Lol, if you don't agree with the topic of the scholarship, DON'T APPLY. It's that simple.

Erin B  on 4/27/2018 2:32:44 PM

The basis of this scholarship may be biased, but nobody is "forcing" anyone to accept LGBTQ+ as "morally right". Look into yourself. Do you actually believe that anyone forced you to think this way? Did they brainwash you and take away your rights to have a say in something? Absolutely not. People, no matter their age, are going to make decisions themselves based on what they like and know of. Society and schools do not choose their futures. The individual does. So, with your last sentence, "Children deserve the right to have all of the facts and make a decision for themselves." is true. They do have all the facts in front of them. Nobody is hiding anything from these individuals. Your previous statement, "They do not have a chance to make their own decisions about what they believe because schools and society make those choices for them." Are simply not true. If an individual has all the knowledge at their fingertips, (they can easily have access to the knowledge of religion.) then why say these things? The U.S. was founded on the freedom of religion, right? Then it is also an individual's freedom to have no religion. Schools and society are not forcing people to "think" a certain way. Everyone has the right to "think" whatever they would like.

ZB  on 3/31/2018 8:02:24 PM

The basis for this scholarship is completely untrue. If anything the roles are reversed. God is being shoved out of public schools while children are now forced to accept LGBTQ+ as morally right. They do not even get the chance to make their own decisions about what the believe because schools and society make those choices for them. Whatever happened to the freedom of religion granted to us as U.S. citizens in the constitution and the basic principles of Protestantism this great country was founded on? By no means do I hate the people in the LGBTQ+ community, they are human beings too that God loves and forgives just the same, but I do not condone the acts they commit. Children deserve the right to have all of the facts and make a decision for themselves.

Ashten M  on 3/17/2018 5:04:03 PM

I didn't apply because the topic is extremely polarizing and annoying. It assumes that its true, which is ridiculous

 on 2/7/2018 10:55:54 AM

i dont apply for this scholarship. beacause it has a complicated steps. make it clear & easier

 on 2/2/2018 5:01:25 AM

Pakistani students are eligible or not?

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