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July 06, 2005

Jeb! Keeps Forgetting About that Separation of Church and State Thingy

I wish I had more time to comment on this, but they want me to work today.

Just before Father's Day, Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he wanted every
public school in Florida to host a Christian-based program designed to
increase fathers' participation in their children's lives.

The program, All Pro Dad, combines a biblical foundation with the draw of
popular professional athletes to promote the belief that "the father is
the head of the household" and that men should rely on God to help them
be better parents and keep their marriages intact. It also encourages
Bible reading.


[...]

"From vouchers, from faith-based initiatives, to the nation's first
faith-based prisons, this governor has a blind spot when it comes to
the constitutional requirement on separation of church and state. He's
completely uncritical. He doesn't believe that reading the Bible and
strengthening your relationship with God is a faith-based message."


Somebody get this man a clue!

2 Comments:

  • At July 06, 2005, Anonymous Mella Dior said…

    Separation of church and state doesn't exist. Check the Constitution; it isn't there. The phrase is found in one letter written by Jefferson to the Baptist Association of Danbury in response to their concern that Congregationalism would be the established religion of the United States.
    Look it up.

     
  • At July 06, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    I did look it up, and it's right here. Plain as day in my favorite amendment. The very first one.

    "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."

    Also, the Supreme Court has upheld case after case supporting the separation of church and state. Even those rascal conservative judges.

     

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