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On Newtown, Mourn First, Then Act

ericynot Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 5:08 PM
Andy, You're correct. The 1st A protects your religious freedom. It also protects mine, and I happen not to subscribe to your particular beliefs. Engle vs. Vitale in 1962 did not hurt schools. It simply ruled that public (government run) schools could not make their students say a school-prescribed prayer. If schools "honor" the Bible and Jesus Christ, they are in fact endorsing a particular religion. That is plainly unconstitutional. As someone once said, as long as there are tests in school there will be prayer in school.

On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy." It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements. When politicians say they want to do something regardless of the politics, or that they want...