How can it be as simple as that? Volumes have been written on the meaning and purpose of the "establishment clause." But I couldn't agree more with Mr. Casey. Go back to the source, the records on the work-up of the Bill of Rights; it is plain and simple. The writers of the First Amendment, steeped in history, Enlightenment philosophy and current European events, knew exactly what the were doing in stating clearly and simply the status of government vis-à-vis religion. The fantasy under which the Christian fundamentalist minority labors is evil incarnate. It undermines the genius of the founders and denies a basic element not only of our government but of our society. Freedom of religion is a right. To be or not to be religious, without interference from the government and without the establishment of a state religion, a truly secular government--moral, yes, but non-sectarian and free of bias. That is the ideal, if we can keep it. History is littered with the wreckage of countries that could not.
Jan 20 2008 - 2:29am