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Freedom of Religious Expression
by John Clark 
07/15/13
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Let's look at the meaning and application of freedom of religion. This has been commonly misconstrued to mean separation of church and state.

First of all, and this fact is directed primarily toward the ACLU, there is no such thing as separation of church and state. What the United States Constitution says is that congress shall make no law establishing a specific religious faith. The constitution does not say that religious expression must be taken out of government or public places. What part of that does the ACLU not understand, or doesn't want to understand? People and organizations have changed the meaning to separation of church and state simply because they do not agree with a particular religion.

However, it is not just the ACLU that has a problem with understanding this concept. Some public school administrators, government officials, and even some court judges are guilty as well. In too many cases these individuals have demonstrated that they have no fortitude when it comes to giving in to the freedom to express one's religious faith. One person comes along and complains, threatening to sue, and a long-time tradition or the majority will of the people is cast aside. Nonsense!

We need to have administrators, government officials, and court judges who have the stamina to stand up to these lone individuals intent on expecting everyone to bow to their way of thinking, and do what is correct for the sake of the majority and the constitional right of religious expression.

Since when should one atheist be allowed to dictate his or her wishes against the will of the people? Since when should a school administrator tell a valedictorian what he or she cannot say when expressing religious views? They earned the right to be heard. Since when should one court judge legislate that the 10 Commandments be taken down from a public building just because one person complains or the ACLU has a problem with it, against the objection of the majority?

Enough said! What we need is freedom from the unreasonable wimps who have no desire or courage to stand up for the constitutional right of the majority to express their faith.



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