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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Rev. Falwell: Makes Assertions at the Southern Baptist Convention

There is a thin line between Church and State. And Rev. Jerry Falwell is working to help it disappear. His views are quite evident and now he is claiming, that he and the Christian right, are responsible for electing George Bush President. It doesn't stop here.

He is trying to make sure Hillary Clinton is not elected President, surmised by a report on his speech by WRIC 8 in Richmond. He states he's "too old to care or be intimidated" by those who oppose him.

No matter what side of the issue you are on, if this makes you proud, or makes you feel that he is tampering in areas of politics that should not be his domain, serious thought should be given to why separation of Church and State was written into our Constitution.

(Religious Leaders)


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What part of the constitution was the separation of church and state written into?

At 8:28 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for your commemt. There is much debate on this subject. I will refer you to what is written in Wiki:

"The separation of church and state is a concept in modern thought and practice, whereby the structures of state or national government are kept separate from those of religious institutions. The concept has long been a topic of political debate. The term "church" is associated with Christianity, but the phrase is usually used to refer to religion and religious institutions in general. In countries where other religions are dominant, the words mosque, temple, or synagogue are often substituted.

In the United States, separation of church and state is governed by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by legal precedents interpreting that clause."

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

well Bob, if Hillary were president I think I would have to rue the day I was born female. Nothing to do with Jerry, that "woman" is just repugnant. Folks like Dr. Falwell were active in motivating the faith based bloc of voters, whether we like it or not. Folks with morals do tend to get riled up eventually.
That said, the whole Separation thing is a smoke screen. By stating "legal precedents interpreting that clause" you are basically saying any judge that has happened to have an opinion on it decided his opinion and made it "the rule" or precedent.
We do have freedom from any organized or state sanctioned religion-meaning there is no federally mandated religion-like Islam. this doesn't mean that a protestant preacher or cathlic bishop, or muslim cleric has to check his faith at the door before he makes statements about politics. And, that even includes the elderly Falwell. Freedom of speech or opinion isn't given up if you become a famous (or infamous, however it may be) preacher.
There will continue to be debate on the topic because most do not know their constitution or the intent with which is was written. Most folks take ABC's nightly news' opinion and call it history.


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