#1 76% Reject the Left's 'Church and State' Myth
12-14-2009, 04:25 PM
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A new Rasmussen poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans (76%) support allowing religious symbols on public land. 83% think public schools should actively celebrate religious holidays.
This flies in the face of everything we are told by radical left-wing groups like the ACLU about where the American people stand on this issue. It also clarifies just how far out of the mainstream these liberal groups are...like the American Humanist Association, which recently launched its creepy 'No God? No Problem!' ad campaign nationwide for the holidays.
And, of course, this poll also shows that the American people openly defy the left's bigoted, Constitution-trampling war on Christianity.
"Separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the Constitution. Additionally, the Bill of Rights was drafted specifically to convince hesitant states that this new federal government would not trample their rights...including their religious rights. As with everything else in the Bill of Rights, the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment was a protection of the states vs. the federal government; it was a protection against a national religion.
If people find it inappropriate for an Alabama judge to acknowledge our Judeo-Christian heritage with a Ten Commandments display in his courthouse, then, according to the Constitution, that is a matter for the people of Alabama to decide, not some federal court. The federal government even being involved constitutes an outright reversal of what was intended.
Some of the ratifying states actually even had official state religions at the time of the founding. Think about that.
12-15-2009, 11:03 AM
I support the separation of church and state, but also support the first amendment rights of students in public schools.
The ACLU went overboard when they didn't stop at ending teacher-led prayer and Bible lessons from the daily curriculum (in the 1960s). I don't think that those activities have a part in the school day, unless it is a private, non-tax funded school.
When students express their religious views, that should be protected speech, as long as they are within the basic rules of conduct. My high school allowed Young Life counselors in the school at lunch time (and any other clergy who wanted to visit students, it's just that the YL counselors took advantage of the opportunity regularly).
The line should be clear-the school itself does not sponsor or endorse any one religion, but the students are free to express their own beliefs in their private conversations and within a class discussion or in a writing assignment, if they are relative to the discussion or assignment. A good teacher is interested in what his or her kids have to say on such matters.
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