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.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Resolution deserves short shrift

By Edgar Simpson, editor of The Joplin Globe.

A resolution working its way through the Missouri House of Representatives that would designate Christianity as the state’s majority religion is ridiculous and the worst kind of electioneering.

What is the purpose of stating the obvious, unless it really is to somehow stifle some faiths and denominations and launch a wave of unnecessary and debilitating lawsuits?

Other than pandering to certain groups for blatantly political purposes, the resolution carries no weight of law and achieves nothing, other than fanning the already-burning debate of the proper relationship between religion and government...

This resolution should go away, quietly and with no remorse.



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