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How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
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Christian Learning Centers of Augusta (CLCA), sponsor of the Released Time Christian Education (RT), Program welcomes you to our website.
CLCA was formed solely for the purpose of bringing the RT Program to the Augusta area public school students. We are a non-profit Christian organization whose Board of Directors consists of local Christians from different denominations and who are in agreement with our Statement of Faith.
Across the 'country', teachers are not allowed to instruct children in the Bible because of laws which prohibit such instruction. The result of this is seen every day in America:
- 92% of children receive no Bible instruction from a parent.
- 49% of children are not part of a local church family.
- 47% of children have never heard any Scripture.
RT helps to fill in these gaps by legally teaching the Bible to public school children during normal school hours.
RT is a time set aside during the school day when students with parental permission may leave the school to attend off-campus Bible education classes. Classes are held at a nearby church or non-school building. RT is the only means by which Christian education is legally allowed during the school day. Therefore, RT recognizes and reinforces the constitutionally protected rights of parents to direct the religious upbringing of their children.
Our Children Need . . .
- Safe venues where they can ask deep, challenging and sensitive questions without fear of censure.
- Purpose and meaning in life beyond the accumulation of wealth or the cultivation of status.
- Bible education that prepares them to be responsible and godly adults, caring and contributing community citizens.
RT brings the Bible to a segment of our population that is generally not part of the local church family. Through this program, children are made aware of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and find their way into the local 'church', being drawn by the Holy Spirit.
Legality of Released Time
In 1952 a New York Released Time program was challenged. The NY Court upheld the program and the decision was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. In the famous Zorach V. Clauson decision, Justice William O. Douglas, speaking for the majority, concluded that while the first amendment prohibits governmental financing of religion or religious instruction, it does not require the government to be hostile toward religion.
In the same decision, the Supreme Court said that Released Time is good and an important First Amendment liberty. The Supreme Court has continued to uphold Released Time as a legal use of the First Amendment. The court added that the public school was to accommodate religious instruction during the school day. The court said that not allowing Released Time would be the same as:
|"...to find in the constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe. We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence."
The Supreme Court has repeated this idea that the state should have an accommodating, and not a hostile, attitude toward religious groups in other decisions.
Because of the Supreme Court decision in 1952, Released Time is not a violation of separation of church and state as some continue to argue, but rather is legal and constitutional in all 50 states.
Our Growth to Date...
Year # Programs # Students
2003-04 1 school 31 students
2004-05 2 schools 106 students
2005-06 3 schools 150 students
2006-07 4 schools 208 students
2007-08 5 schools 245 students
2008-09 4 schools 215 students
2009-10 4 schools 258 students
2010-11 6 schools 419 students
2011-12 6 schools 430 students
2012-13 9 schools 650 students
2013-14 7 schools 570 students
2014-15 6 schools 550 students
2015-16 6 schools 569 students
2016-17 8 schools 800+ students
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." - 2 Timothy 3:15