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Educators discuss religion

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Teachers gathered Thursday night to discuss the topic of religion. Teachers gathered Thursday night to discuss the topic of religion.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of area teachers gathered Thursday night to discuss the topic of religion and how to handle sticky situations without breaking any separation of church and state laws.

For example, what should a Catholic teacher do if a student asks him or her in the classroom their thoughts on religion, God or anything else associated with the topic?

A network called Louisville Area Christian Educator Support, or LACES, tackled that and other issues for about an hour at Gheens Academy. It's an effort led by retired Jefferson County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Joe Burks.

"The first amendment says neither are we to inhibit or to preclude any religious freedoms that the kids have. If the kids want to pray at lunch quietly and not interrupt things, they can. If the teachers want to do the same thing, they can. Can we refer to the bible as a piece of literature? Yes, we can. We want to maintain the balance of the first amendment," Burks said.

The issues discussed at Thursday's meeting are to help out any issues that may arise next school year, and to ensure teachers won't break any laws when it comes to the topic of religion.

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