Link<br><br>This has gotten out of hand. I think it's high time to review the bill of rights.<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.<p><hr></blockquote><p><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Respect \Re*spect"\ (r?*sp?kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.] [L. respectare, v. intens. from respicere, respectum, to look back, respect; pref. re- re- + specere, spicere, to look, to view: cf. F. respecter. See Spy, and cf. Respite.] 1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.<p><hr></blockquote><p>The Government cannot treat one religion with special attention, nor can it infringe uppon your rights to practice your religion. The whole idea of separation of church and state has been taken to an extreme. The whole idea of banning any reference to God, or disallowing prayer in schools is in clear violation of the bill of rights. The framers of the constitution were trying to keep the government from imposing a specific religion on people, in the way the King imposed the church of England on his subjects. They did not intend for things to become this secular.<br><br><br>Salus populi suprema lex
Salus populi suprema lex
The whole prayer in schools issue has been blown out of proportion by so many people, that it's becoming completely meaningless. I don't know of any drive to ban prayer in schools. I have heard of civil liberty groups going to court over compulsory and official prayer by public bodies, including public schools. That is a clear infringement of First Amendment rights however.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Agreed, but in the past students of religions other than Christianity were forced to recite the Lord's Prayer every day in school. I remember such a case when I was a kid. The kid's parents were livid when they found out.<br><br>The whole movement was started to prevent forcing others to practice religion against their will, which I agree with. I also agree that it should not be removed from historical documents. That's the way it was written, and that's the way it should be.<br><br>The problem with such movements is they try to make laws to remove all thinking from decisions. That's exactly the opposite of what should happen.<br><br><br>
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What the separation of church and state folks don't realize is, this government was founded on Jewish and Christian laws and beliefs, therefore it will *and should* contain references to such religions, and God.<br><br>Simply naming God in documents isn't pushing that particular religion on anyone. <br><br>
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