I thought the comments on local news stories about the AHA sending a letter to the school system in Jackson, Mississippi about a mandatory convocation for teachers that was really a church service, but they were nothing compared to the comments on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website’s article about it.
When are people going to stand up and start teaching these people that the Constitution’s First Amendment say’s that government shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Meaning it forbids an official establishment of religion, and something completely different from the much looser, imprecise term the uneducated like to use of “separation of church and state.” The Constitution only forbids government sponsorship and compulsion of religious exercise by individual citizens. It does not require hermetic “separation”—implying exclusion—of religion and religious persons from public affairs of state. I know that this will come as a shock to you Liberal and Atheist but just a little research and reading comprehension will lead you in the right direction.
Yeah, those uneducated people who use the phrase “separation of church and state.” Uneducated people like Jefferson and Madison. So the constitution “only forbids government sponsorship and compulsion of religious exercise by individual citizens,” which is exactly what happened here. A public school system — the government — forced teachers of a variety of religions and no religion to participate in religious exercises, including prayer and congregational call and response. They were forced to listen to people preach at them. Even by this commenter’s own standard, that’s a violation.
I still dont understand how the GOD haters can read any where in the constitution that this was illegal. I know the document inside and out and it is really grasping for straws to claim separation of church and state. The constitution I learned just says CONGRESS shall establish no religion……….. Last time I checked a school or city council or state government is NOT the Congress of the United States.
Pure ignorance of the 14th Amendment.
Professional whiners. All they have to do is win one slip and fall and they can Alinsky forever. WTSHTF they will go first.
The establishment clause of the first amendment is merely intended to prevent the establishment of a state church like the Church of England, and it is not intended to remove religion from public life or schools. Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the letter which coined the phrase “separation of church and state” supported government funds being given to Indian tribes to build churches and pay clergy. Jefferson also firmly supported religion being taught in public schools like the University of Virginia.
Uh, no. In fact, Jefferson created the University of Virginia and explicitly did not have religious studies at the school.
Atheist are afraid of being alone in Hell.so they try to drag as many people as possible behind them?
Now that’s just funny. In order to be afraid of going to hell, we’d have to believe in hell. And if we believed that we’d be thrown into a lake of fire to have our flesh burned for all eternity, would we think it would be better if more people were facing the same fate?
It’s time for all Christians to stand up and say, “If the Lord’s presence and guidance are NOT sought for our actions, then I won’t participate in the action.”
Why? Why can’t you just pray for the lord’s guidance yourself? Why do you insist that everyone else do so, or sit through it? Does God only hear prayers if a non-Christian is forced to listen to them?
It goes on like that for more than 200 comments.