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Fall 2001, Vol. 28 No. 2

Editor's Preface

Our fall issue opens with a letter from a member of our editorial board, Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director of the Council on Islamic Education. In the wake of September 11, many are concerned over indiscriminate reactions against the Muslim community. Mr. Mansuri’s letter adds an important voice underscoring central tenets of Islam that repudiate extremist violence.

The lead article by Lane V. Sunderland offers an historically grounded, insightful discussion of rulings on the Establishment Clause in two recent Supreme Court cases: Santa Fe v. Doe where the Court ruled that student-led prayers at high school football games violated the Establishment Clause; and Mitchell v. Helms where the Court held that a federal program placing computers and other instructional equipment in schools did not violate the clause.

In the second article, Cumings, Haworth, and O’Neill present findings from a study of student culture at the academically elite, Evangelical Christian Wheaton College in Illinois. They observe a campus norm—a ‘perfect standard’— that affects students’ attitudes and behaviors toward spiritual, academic, social, and co-curricular success.

Next, in Hecate Does Harvard, P. Aaron Potter takes the academic left to task for use of double standards in imposing false characterizations and misinterpretations on the already marginalized Wiccans and Neo-Pagans.

Russo and Mawdsley follow with commentary on the significance of the Supreme Court decision in Good News Club v. Milford Central School where it was held that the school board’s refusal to permit a religious club’s use of school facilities during non-instructional time violates its right to free speech.

We offer a special tribute to Thayer S. Warshaw who passed away last year. He was a major influence in developing pedagogy to teach about religions in public education. Offering comments and reflections are several of his colleagues: Charles R. Kniker, James Uphoff, Nicholas Piediscalzi, James Ackerman, and Charles Haynes.

In the concluding essay review of Huston Smith’s new book, Robert J. Nash asks Does Why Religion Matters Really Matter?

The cover art for this issue is a photograph by Linda L. Ammons entitled I Said. It was one of nearly 80 pieces featured in the recently concluded nationally juried art exhibit A Question of Faith at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art. The exhibit was co-sponsored by Religion and Education. For more information about this exhibit and availability of the exhibit catalog, please see visit our website: www.uni.edu/jrae.

Michael D. Waggoner, Editor
Religion and Education
November 2001