A recent contributor who was engaged in an embittered rant against all things Republican, objected to a pre-election letter submitted by a local pastor as unfairly biased. Without commenting on the substance of the charge, it is noteworthy the writer called it, “a blatant violation of the law” because “the U.S. has a separation of church and state.”
The author is obviously confused by the language of the First Amendment which states “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishing of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...”
In other words, the government is restricted in its relationship with religion, but individuals are not. This country is in serious need of clarity in the interpretation of the roles of government and its various branches as many citizens are already misinformed. Executive overreach is currently a threat to the rule of law, and every publication has a civic duty to assure that opinions are fact-based.
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