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ACLU Warning: Don't Pray before you Play Football

wmou Wrote: Oct 10, 2013 1:59 PM
It in no way even comes close to implying separation of church and state. The first amendment was written to prevent the federal govt establishing a national religion or interfering with the free exercise of religion. Only a liberal would believe a coach leading his team in prayer somehow establishes a state religion. Liberals try to suppress all speech they disagree with.
Doug Indeap* Wrote: Oct 10, 2013 2:54 PM
Madison, who had a central role in drafting the Constitution and the First Amendment, confirmed that he understood them to “[s]trongly guard[] . . . the separation between Religion and Government.” Madison, Detached Memoranda (~1820). Indeed, he understood the original Constitution--without the First Amendment--to separate religion and government. He made plain, too, that they guarded against more than just laws creating state sponsored churches or imposing a state religion. Mindful that even as new principles are proclaimed, old habits die hard and citizens and politicians could tend to entangle government and religion (e.g., “the appointment of chaplains to the two houses of Congress” and “for the army and navy” and “[r]eligious proclamations by the Executive recommending thanksgivings and fasts”), he considered the question whether these actions were “consistent with the Constitution, and with the pure principle of religious freedom” and responded: “In strictness the answer on both points must be in the negative. The Constitution of the United States forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion.”