Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Not ‘church and state’

July 12, 2000

One more Supreme Court decision that takes our nation down the wrong path. I believe most of the basis for anti-religious decisions is not understanding the difference between "church and state" and "God and state." Our founding fathers understood the dangers of a church-state relationship that favored one church over another. Centuries of persecutions had taken place in Europe because of one church being favored above others. Our founding fathers, under the leadership of John Williams of Rhode Island, adopted the religious establishment clause in our Constitution. That part of our Constitution has served us well and God has blessed our nation because we have had true religious freedom.

In 1962, one lone atheist changed the minds of some leading judges of our nation. Since the attack on prayer and Bible reading in public schools, it has been fashionable for courts to rule against almost everything that is religious.

I believe in freedom of speech. As a Christian I will gladly yield to those of other religions and even to those who are anti-God. In fairness they should yield to me. The issue in a free society is tolerance to others' beliefs and religions. At sporting events, I have to tolerate those who curse and use God's name in vain. Prayer is simply speaking to God. There is nothing at all wrong with praying for victory. We have prayed for victory as a nation in every war we have engaged in as a nation. The concern I have always noticed in school prayers has been for wisdom for the students and safety for the athletes.

A belief in God as a nation is basic to our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, even our legal system. Our Supreme Court is out of step with our founding fathers' vision.

Wayne Davidson

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