Fair warning: Religious post, but has application to politics. If you don’t like mixing God and politics, don’t click on “continue reading”.
Maybe we’ll have a few people play along. I’ll reveal the answer later. For those who know where I found this, please just comment something to the effect of “I know” without giving it away. I want to see what kind of answers we get, though I will reveal in my Monday morning post. 😀
Here’s the quote in question:
Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. … The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. … The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
A few incidents have come up in the past few days that I wanted to briefly comment on – ironically enough, 2 of the 3 involve high schools.
The most well known is the Elena Kagan nomination for Supreme Court. Apparently some “conservatives” are upset that she may or may not be a lesbian. When it comes to the Supreme Court, I am worried about one thing and one thing only: what are their views on the Constitution? I really don’t care what they do in their private lives, and by and large the same goes for ANY public official. But hey, maybe I’m just more enlightened there than most. For some solid thoughts on Kagan and the issues that SHOULD be raised around her nomination, I highly recommend the Cato Institute. Here’s a brief selection from them: Kagan Nomination Launches Constitutional Debate, Does Elena Kagan Support Limited Government?, Kagan: Revenge of the Grinds, Kagan on Military Recruitment, Kagan Nomination: Around the Web, and Kagan Bad, But Not Worst
The other two issues I wanted to discuss both involve high schools and the First Amendment.
By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of Jessica Colotl, the 21 year old student at Kennesaw State University who was recently found to be an illegal immigrant during a routine traffic stop in Cobb County.
James Touchton, a staffer (maybe volunteer?) for Tom Graves’ 9th District US House of Representatives campaign, is a guy I vaguely knew when we were both students at Kennesaw State in the first half of this decade. He worked with Student Government, I was an officer of various levels with a service based honors society known as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. We now find ourselves on opposite sides of this particular debate, given his comment in the link.