ACLU suit prompts prayer rally on Saturday
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#1 Dec 15, 2009
Once again the conservative christians don't want anyone to be able to practice any other religion besides christianity. They fail to realize that the seperation of church and state not only protects alternative religions but also protects their own religion. Look at the history over in England and Ireland where the Protestants and Catholics were killing each other over their brand of Christianity and ask yourself which version of Christianity do you want to be the "official version" before you condemn people for speaking out for religious freedom and diversity.
#2 Dec 15, 2009
Something tells me the court will not be moved by a prayer rally...
But have at it. The ACLU supports your religious expression and free exercise rights.
Just not when you try to use the government to do it...
#3 Dec 30, 2009
This will be a spectacle, especially now that June Griffin from Rhea County has stepped in and involved herself. The ACLU will have top notch legal counsel, though, so Cheatham County taxpayers, you will be footing the bills one way or another.
Should have just paid the Does $1 each and their legal fees, accepted a slap on the wrist, and let it go.
#4 Jan 8, 2010
Dear Jamie If you'll take the time to study a little of the constitution and the Bill of Rights you'll learn that there is no separation of church and state in the constitution. It simply states there shall be no official state religion. This has been taken from letters written by Thomas Jefferson. The Bill of Rights specifically states we have freedom of religion. Not freedom to persecute other religions either. You can learn all about the Islamic religion in the classroom but bring a bible to school for "quite time reading" and you may face many authority figures depressing that. Like it or not but probably better than 98% of the founding fathers were Christian.
Personally I am not offended by any religion that is peaceful and interested in bettering all mankind.
Our biggest mistake is taking both the constitution and bill of rights and "interpreting them with liberal and biased opinions.
#5 Jan 11, 2010
Funny how you people only have a problem interpreting the Constitution when it's interpreted in a way that doesn't favor your personal beliefs.
Actually it's not funny at all.
#6 Jan 13, 2010
Actually the First amendment is pretty explicit
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the establishment of a national religion by the Congress or the preference of one religion over another, non-religion over religion, or religion over non-religion.
As far as the religion of our founders quite a few were diest who believed in god but were not necesarily christians. Nowhere in the constitution does it mention Jesus or Christianity.
The 1796 treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "in no sense founded on the Christian religion" This was written under the presidency of George Washington and also signed under the presidency of John Adams.
They wanted to make sure when our goverment was founded that there was no official church and no official religion like the church of England. They specifically wrote religious freedom into our constitution to allow each man to worship as he pleased. In order for them to worship freely as they pleased that means the goverment stays out of the buisness of religion.
#7 Feb 18, 2010
If only we truly knew what Christianity really is.
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