An Easy Call

The First Amendment of the US Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It’s what has become known as the separation of church and state and means that the government can’t force anyone to practice a given religion, nor can it prevent you from following your own spiritual path. Seems pretty clear.

Yet, you still see cases where the lines are smudged. The Cheatham County schools in Tennessee recently settled an ACLU religion-in-schools suit, agreeing to stop their teachers and officials from promoting religion during school hours. The settlement “prohibits the distribution of Bibles during the school day and bars school officials from citing ‘the Bible or other sacred texts as authority for historical or scientific fact.’”

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