Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting right with god

[T]he football cheerleaders at a public high school here wanted to make the Bible a bigger part of Friday night games. So, ... they painted messages like "Commit to the Lord" on giant paper banners...

That eight-year-old tradition ended last month after a parent expressed concern that it could prompt a First Amendment lawsuit. ... [T]he school district agreed.

... [T]he new policy has produced an unexpected result: more biblical verses than ever at football games, displayed not by cheerleaders but by fans sitting in the stands.
That's how it's supposed to work! People express their own religious views. Government institutions don't.

In this case, an evangelical raised the issue of separation of church and state. No one's free exercise of religion was suppressed, quite the contrary in fact.
“From an atheist’s standpoint, it’s frustrating because I don’t want more religion in my face,” Caleb [Wickersham] said. “But it’s their constitutional right.”
Why is it that a 17-year-old atheist can understand this, while it goes straight over the heads of adult fundies?

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