Letters to the Editor

Court rulings ban support of all religions by governments

A recent writer may need a mini lesson on how our Constitution works. He makes an accurate enough statement on his views of the separation of church and state, to a point.

There have been many precedents set that concisely explain why prayer does not belong in the public forum as far back as 1962-63 in a Supreme Court ruling on prayer in schools. These rulings couple the statement “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof” with the Establishment Clause prohibiting the preference of one religion over another by the government, effectively keeping the state from endorsing religion of any kind.

The government cannot endorse any form of prayer in the public venue, such as schools and public meetings by law. The vitriol aimed at non-believers is some sort of misplaced frustration.

And yet another writer insists that we either believe in religion her way or take the highway. I wonder what God you believe in that gives you carte blanche to send me out of the country my parents and their parents help build.

If people wish to believe in fairy tales -- which Christianity is to a Buddhist, for example -- that is your business. Telling me to believe in your religion is none of your business, and my rights are protected by the law.

I wish you all would research your information before misinforming the public.

Bruce Fournier

Bradenton

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