“[The First Amendment] says the government can’t establish a religion,” he explained...”It doesn’t say that people can’t have religion in government. If you elect people who share the founding spirituality of this country, you will be able to depend on them to make the right decisions.”
There is more to establishing a state religion than constructing a building. When laws are written that respect one religion over another, it is an establishment of a state religion. It may be a small thing – but once started, it does not remain small.
Nobody running in the republican party represents the “founding spirituality” of this country. The “founding spirituality” was decidedly secular. They understood the necessity of keeping Church and State separate.
In fact, “If you elect people who share the founding spirituality of this country, you will be able to depend on them to make the right decisions.” sounds a lot like a religious Test, which is prohibited by the Constitution though the GOP imposes a Test as a condition of participation in their party.
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Article VI, U. S. Constitution
Social conservatives have convinced themselves that they have special privilege under the Constitution, that freedom of religion means that they can trample the rights of others in the name of their religion and any defense of others’ rights is an infringement of theirs. They pose a direct attack on liberty, and they just cannot see it.
- Hex Wrench (538refugees.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain: Public Unions “Are Trying To Destroy The United States Of America” (alan.com)