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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Blasphemy, Free Expression and Journalistic Ethics

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HaynesCharles Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. He directs the center's First Amendment educational program in schools and addresses issues concerning religious liberty in American public life. His weekly column on religious liberty appears in newspapers nationwide, and he is widely known for helping schools and communities find common ground on conflicts involving religion and values in public schools. He was one of the principal organizers and drafters of a series of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in public education endorsed by a broad range of major religious and educational organizations. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education distributed three of these guides to every public school in the United States. He is the author of Religion in American History: What to Teach and How, winner of a 1990 Educational Press Award, and Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education. He is co-author of Religion in American Public Life: Living With Our Deepest Differences and Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum. An educator for more than 20 years, Haynes holds a master's degree in religion and education from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in theological studies from Emory University.