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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Happy Birthday Religious Freedom

I sincerely hope that we do not lose this one. Thanks to Chas Clifton for turning me on to yesterday's Christian Science Monitor article: US celebrates its most misread freedom by Jane Lampman.

Some excerpts from the article:

"While Americans do count freedom of religion as one of our most precious rights," says Audrey Smith, acting director of the Council for America's First Freedom, in Richmond, "many citizens aren't sure how they exercise those rights, or what is not allowed under our Constitution..."

"[One] popular misperception relates to religious freedom in public schools. In the 2005 State of the First Amendment poll, 50 percent of respondents said students have "too little religious freedom." Yet students are free to pray individually or in groups, to form religious clubs and publications, to express religious views in their school assignments, and wear religious messages on their clothing. Unfortunately, many educators are unfamiliar with those rights, though the government has issued guidelines."

It is interesting to note, further on in the article, that some American Muslims, who express happiness at being able to practice Islam as they see fit because they could not do so in their own countries, do not understand why we place so much emphasis on separation of Church and State. These are people who came from a religious State. Is it any wonder that many average American christians are confused about exactly what this separation means?

Bottom line? Without the separation of Church and State, there is no such thing as religious freedom. Chew on that for awhile.

Kinja, the weblog guide

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