A constant theme here targets the absolute abuse of individual rights perpetrated by public schools. Not that I need a reason to never place my children in one of those institutions but in Colorado Springs a school has reached a new low. Pine Creek High School has stopped a group of Christian students from meeting to pray and sing hymns. The school claims the “separation of church and state” and a very loose play on the establishment clause (Which was about a bus route and schools in the 40’s by the way). So first let’s clarify something, the phrase “separation of church and state” does NOT appear anywhere in law or more importantly the U.S. Constitution. It is twisted from this statement to a Baptist organization by Thomas Jefferson.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.
So he quotes the Constitution and points out that the STATE will not be create a national mandated religion. Remember the founders that came on the Mayflower were escaping persecution of the Church of England. So considering that the Pine Creek High School, is not the STATE, funded by the state perhaps but not the state, is stopping the FREE exercise of religion is thus in direct violation of the constitution. Just to clarify.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
One more thing Homeschoolers will never have to worry about.
Love the attack on the legal association in the opening of this Reuter’s “report”…. No liberal slant their huh? It is just a school suppressing the rights of American citizens, but let’s attack the legal support.
Todd Starnes does a much better job…