The “religious right” believe that the establishment clause is meant for them alone

Church and state must remain separate under our Constitution

By David Marcus / Guest Columnist

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion … or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Going back as far as the 1800s, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly interpreted this pronouncement, the “establishment clause,” to mean a wall of separation exists between government and religion.

Unfortunately, those who identify themselves as the “religious right” believe that the establishment clause is meant for them alone; that it is there to prevent the government from enacting laws that infringe on their religious freedom.

Yet they have no problem pushing for laws that would do precisely that: trample on the beliefs of others. Unless the law is not to their liking! Then they will argue that the wall between church and state is infringing on the practice of their own faith. Nothing can be further from the truth.



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