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.

Monday, March 13, 2006

"Religion" is not a State Church

Conservative religious fundamentalists continue to make the silly claim that the Establishment Clause only prohibits the creation of a state church.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." ~Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

I always thought "religion" encompassed more than a church such as beliefs and practices. If the Founders wanted courts to follow the narrow reading of the First Amendment offered by these conservatives would they not have worded it narrowly in the first place?


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