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ACLU vigorously defends the right of all Americans to freely practice their religion and express their faith, or to choose not to practice a religion.  We oppose government endorsement of one set of religious beliefs and practices over another, and we support individuals’ right to worship as they please without government interference or influence.

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5 08, 2022

Court Allows Voucher Program to Continue While Lawsuit Proceeds

2022-08-05T17:37:45-05:00 August 5th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A three-judge chancery court panel denied Shelby and Davidson county parents’ and community members’ request to block implementation of the state’s voucher program while their litigation continues.

18 05, 2022

Legal Organizations’ Statement on Tennessee Supreme Court’s Voucher Law Decision

2022-05-18T16:14:27-05:00 May 18th, 2022|Categories: Press Releases|

We and our partners will continue to challenge the state's voucher law, despite a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that the law does not violate the Home Rule provision of the Tennessee Constitution.

28 02, 2022

ACLU of Tennessee Files Open Records Request on Hillsdale College Charter School Partnership

2022-02-28T17:23:46-06:00 February 28th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We sent open records requests seeking info about the governor’s partnership with the private, out-of-state Christian institution Hillsdale College to establish a number of publicly funded charter schools in Tennessee.

21 10, 2020

Groups Urge Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association to Protect Athletes’ Religious Freedom

2020-10-21T15:35:47-05:00 October 21st, 2020|Categories: Press Releases|

We joined with the American Muslim Advisory Council to urge the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association to remove the requirement that student athletes get prior approval before wearing religious headgear.

15 09, 2020

Court Order Requires Smith County School Officials to Stop Promoting Religion

2020-09-14T21:54:44-05:00 September 15th, 2020|Categories: Press Releases|

In a victory for religious freedom, a federal district court issued a permanent injunction late yesterday prohibiting the Smith County School System from unconstitutionally imposing religion on students.