Editorial: Church and state is not so simple

Jun 16, 2015

by Ocala Star Banner

Some Levy County residents must be galled that an out-of-state group is telling them what they can and can’t do in their schools.

But the county’s public school officials put the community in this position if they allowed school time and resources to be used to promote Christianity.

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation made charges along those lines in a letter this month to the Levy County School Board.

The list of accusations include some that seem to violate the constitutional separation between church and state, such as the district making Good Friday a school holiday, allowing Christian displays in classrooms and letting a prayer event take place during school hours.

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3 comments on “Editorial: Church and state is not so simple

  • ” but the Bill of Rights isn’t designed to protect the majority. It protects the rights of minorities from abuse by the majority. ”

    Something many Americans have trouble understanding.

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  • On a popular comment thread I used to read, one of the main complaints was how our kids were disrespectful and unruly because they “took religion out of public schools.” These people genuinely believed that was the reason. They did not look at income, single-parent homes or homes with both parents working. The days of Leave It To Beaver are long gone, and they will never return. It is long past time to take a hard look at how outdated our social structure really is. And all the gods in the universe won’t change that.

    For the parents who want to reinforce the theist brainwashing in their kids, they can pay to send them to a parochial school. Poor kids.

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  • Meanwhile the church is going to be told that national rules apply!


    The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

    In a landmark 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all.

    “No union is more profound than marriage,” he wrote, backed by the court’s four more liberal justices.

    It is unclear how soon marriage licences will be issued in states where gay unions were previously prohibited.

    Writing one of the dissenting opinions, Chief John Roberts said the constitution “had nothing to do with it”.

    However, Christian conservatives decried the decision.

    “We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat,” said Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor.

    Before the ruling on Thursday, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC.

    Now the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Minutes after the ruling, couples in one of those states, Georgia, lined up to be wed.

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