Amidst national culture wars between religious and secular forces, Douglas County School District leadership has drafted new policy intended to create an atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion in the classroom.
On Tuesday, school board members approved the first reading of new board and administrative policies collectively entitled, "Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs."
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." What that means in public schools has been a difficult, often litigious, subject for school boards and administrations.
"Because it's an emotional, touchy …