Congressional Meddling In Religion Violates Church-State Separation, Says Americans

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    Congressional Meddling In Religion Violates Church-State Separation, Says Americans


    Congressional Meddling In Religion Violates Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007

    Politicians Should Stick To Legislating And Leave Decisions About Religion To Individual Americans, Says AU's Lynn

    A group of U.S. lawmakers that today urged Americans to get “back to prayer” should stop meddling in religion and get back to work, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    At noon, U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and congressional allies held a press conference at the Capitol to “officially call America back to prayer and encourage people to sign up to pray for our nation for five minutes each week.”

    Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “Lawmakers should stick to their constitutional duties and leave religious decisions to individuals. Congressional meddling in religion is an affront to the First Amendment principle of church-state separation. Religion is too important to become a political football.”

    Lynn noted that the nation’s Founding Fathers were against mixing religion and government.

    James Madison, often referred to as the Father of the Constitution, noted in 1788, “There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it, would be a most flagrant usurpation.”

    “There are a host of political issues of utmost importance to Americans,” said Lynn. “Rep. Forbes and other members of Congress should work on those and leave decisions about religion to the American people.”

    Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

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    I totally agree. They need to stay out of religion and vice versa at all ends of the spectrum.
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    As long as there's no law saying I have to pray each day I dont care. Religious people should have the right to state their beliefs and feel free to do so without persecution. A simple statement to encourage prayer is such a minor thing and for people to trivialize it is pointless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbtboy View Post
    As long as there's no law saying I have to pray each day I dont care. Religious people should have the right to state their beliefs and feel free to do so without persecution. A simple statement to encourage prayer is such a minor thing and for people to trivialize it is pointless.
    Agreed, with the exception that I do not see a group of congressmen urging Americans to get back to prayer simply exercising freedom of speech. They're in a different position than the average Joe and need to keep that in mind.

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