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A Jesuit Weekly
In a pluralistic society
a fundamental assumption of public policy is the recognition that everything
immoral need not be declared illegal. The public morality that is expressed
in law reflects a consensus derived from public debate.... Social realities
as well as religious principles must be taken into account in judging the
wisdom of any legislation. Citizens who come to different conclusions are
not necessarily immoral or unChristian. The tendency to so brand one's
political opponents suggests a kind of moral fascism.
The Atlanta Constitution
Americans can rest assured
that their right to pray, each according to his own belief and conscience,
is just as firmly guaranteed today as it was when the founding fathers
wrote the Constitution and provided for the separation of church and state
and for religious freedom.
The framers of the Bill of
Rights were right when they foresaw the need to keep church and government
interests strictly separate, and that becomes more obvious with each incursion
by the uncomfortably parochial Reagan administration. The Founding Fathers
understood the dangers: When religion and state embrace, it is the state
that gives the bear hug.
The Baptist Standard
Those quick to mix Christianity
with the purely political are doing a disservice to religion.
Until doubt began, progress
The truth is that no profession
of faith or lack of faith has anything to do with a man's morals.... Away
with the bugbear that to be good we must be pious.
The Chicago Tribune
The principle of church-state
separation may sometimes be inconvenient or costly to one side or the other.
But there is one great thing about that wall: it works for both sides.
The Christian Science Monitor
Overriding all other considerations
is the wise foresight of the framers of the Constitution in ensuring the
freedom of religion by keeping the state out of it.
It must be remembered that
America is an increasingly pluralistic society, an amalgam of different
races, cultures, nationalities, religions. In these conditions Americans
can only be grateful for the Constitution's wisdom of erecting a wall of
separation between church and state and leaving religious practice to individual
The Eugene Register-Guard
A public school teacher occupies
a position of great trust, with potentially great influence over young
people whose attendance is compulsory. A person should not be allowed to
take advantage of such a position to promote his or her own -- or any --
Fresno (California) Bee
The framers of the Constitution
recognized that in a pluralistic society, any state involvement in religion,
as promoter or regulator, can be a source of irreconcilable tensions, if
The Herald Review
The testimony seems conclusive....
The majority of the great men of the world have always rejected Christ,
and, according to the Scriptures, always will; and the efforts of Christians
to make it appear that certain great men who never professed Christianity
were in reality Christians, is simply saying that Christianity cannot stand
on its own merits, but must have the support of great names to entitle
it to favorable consideration.
The Living Church
Christians who care enough
about their faith to want it properly taught to their children in the course
of their education should care enough to pay for it, however heavy the
burden.... When any of our tax money is used, directly or indirectly, to
subsidize any religious teaching without our consent, government is coercing
us in this realm where coercion does not belong.
Dog is my co-pilot.
The Subtle Fulmination of the Encircled Sea
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