Cranston Commenters #5

They’re like an energizer bunny if he was fueled by obliviousness.

SpencerE says:

Seperation of Church and State is regarding LAW(read: Iran and a reigious based GOVERNMEMT) and not hanging a prayer in a school. If someone was a true “athiest” why do they even care that the prayer is hanging there? I’m personally agnostic and this is exactly why – let people be.

What if that prayer was hanging in a GOVERNMENT building like, I don’t know, a public school like, say, the one in Cranston.

And why do they care if it’s hanging there?  Because for one, it’s illegal.  As I’ve written before

Responsible adult citizens who disagree with our laws should work through the system to change them legally instead of violating them. If everyone got to pick and choose which laws to disregard we would be well on the road to anarchy.

For another thing, it marginalizes the non-religious students.  That’s a bad thing.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • James Sweet

    JT, I think you’re just confused. The commenter just might be right for all we know. True “atheists” might still object to a prayer banner because it is illegal, and because it can result in feelings of exclusion or hostility. But a true “athiest”? Since I don’t even know what that is, all bets are off!

  • Anonymous

    “It is neither sacrilegious nor antireligious to say that each separate government in this country should stay out of the business of writing or sanctioning official prayers and leave that purely religious function to the people themselves and to those the people choose to look to for religious guidance.” Justice Hugo Black

  • ed

    I agree with the sign coming down being the right thing, but this whole – “because it’s the law” bit is somewhat misguided, especially here:

    “Responsible adult citizens who disagree with our laws should work through the system to change them legally instead of violating them.”

    Working through the system to change the laws is all fine and dandy, but without people violating the law, that work is unlikely to succeed if there are big enough forces opposing it. See e.g. the prohibition. Or Rosa Parks.