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I am a rabbi in Tyler, Texas, and my three children proudly attend our local public schools. At the invitation of our local superintendent, I was recently honored to share a presentation on religious diversity with all of the principals in our school district. This invitation did not come out of nowhere. It was part of an ongoing dialogue between myself and local educational leaders about religious diversity.

I have been part of the religious landscape of Tyler for over 15 years. And as a passionate advocate of interfaith dialogue and local collaborations, I have become a sounding board for many private complaints about the struggles that non-Christian children face when attending public schools. The complaints are not just from the Jewish community. Indeed, parents from the Muslim, Hindu, atheist, Baha’i, Unitarian, and other communities share similar stories with me.

About a year ago, I began a series of meetings with select leaders in our local educational community to address the topic of respecting religious diversity. I began each of those meetings with a simple question. I asked, “Are you okay that when a non-Christian student comes to a public school campus – that the student sometimes feels that… Read More

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond. Read More

JOB OPENING: Digital Engagement Coordinator

The Texas Freedom Network, a statewide, nonprofit organization located in Austin, seeks a full-time Digital Engagement Coordinator. TFN is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right.

We are looking for a talented, full-time Digital Engagement Coordinator to be responsible for online strategy development, email campaign creation, list growth, web development, data management, online community and grassroots outreach efforts.


Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond. Read More

Will Texas Schools Use Squirrels to Teach Sex Education?

Are Texas public school students going to learn that using contraception is as "unnatural" as underwater, tap-dancing squirrels? The state sure seems to be inviting that kind of nonsense into its Abstinence Education Program. Read More

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