Just what does the Separation of church and state really mean?
There’s been quite a lot of furor arising over the recent federal court decision to strike down the National Day of Prayer as unconstitutional. I’ll leave the AU to explain why it’s the only fair decision. I want to address the core issue here today.
One of the biggest areas of misunderstanding between believers and non-believers is the issue of the Separation of Church and State. Believers often think that it’s atheists trying to outlaw the practice of their faith. Non-theists feel put upon by the incessant references to faith strewn liberally throughout society, and even within some of our laws.
What many don’t seem to understand is that it’s actually not about religion at all. It’s a civil rights issue. The Black Civil Rights movement under Dr. Martin Luther King was not about getting African Americans special priviledges – it was about providing equal rights for all Americans, no matter their color.
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