The purpose of Our Conscience weblog is to facilitate a greater discussion and understanding of church and state separation in our community and in others. Underlying this is the value that each individual should be allowed to follow the dictates of his or her own conscience without influence, coercion, or direction from the State when it comes to matters of religion.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Joplin Globe Editorial: Different view

Albert Hopkins’ letter (Globe, Dec. 7) made the statement that the ACLU was in a “fight against God Almighty.” Was the ACLU fighting God when they announced they would defend a Presbyterian church from being evicted by local government in Nebraska in 2004? Was it anti-God for the ACLU to protect the rights of Virginia citizens to have baptisms in public parks in Richmond? What about when the Virginia ACLU joined a lawsuit by the Rev. Jerry Falwell to protect the rights of religious organizations on Free Exercise grounds? Was that Anti-God? How would you rate truthfulness as a family and Biblical value?

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