September 02, 2006

"... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Seems the ACLU forgot about that part of the First Amendment's religion clause.

About 180 members of four local churches surrounded a public middle school yesterday to bless the building and those who use it, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union about the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

Led by a minister from Epworth United Methodist Church, members of Epworth, Karl Road Christian Church, Karl Road Baptist Church and Ascension Lutheran Church joined hands and circled halfway around Woodward Park Middle School at 5151 Karl Rd. In unison, they asked the "great divine one, creator of us all" to bless each "student … teacher, staff and administrator" entering the building.

The ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to Spanheimer and Superintendent Gene Harris last week, saying that permitting the event would violate the constitutional requirement that public schools remain neutral on religious matters.

"Anyone can walk onto the school grounds during the weekend," said Columbus Public Schools spokesman Greg Viebranz. (Link.)

The so-called "guardians of the Bill of Rights" are so frighteningly preoccupied with anything remotely religious that they forgot what's the title of this post: "... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Since there's nothing in the article that indicates the school district had anything to do with the prayer group's actions whatsoever, the 180 or so private citizens' prayers constitute constitutionally protected free speech -- whether they were on public property or not.

Posted by Felix at September 2, 2006 04:39 PM | TrackBack

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I agree with you, Felix. These nuts should be allowed to hold their pagan-like seance free from government or ACLU intervention. This activity, clearly, was not arranged by the school, there for separation of church and state is a moot argument.

Posted by: Mike M. at September 2, 2006 05:12 PM

The Funny part is that if they were holding a Gay Pride Festival, or Porn Festival..or anything like that the ACLU would say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

When the American People (WE THE PEOPLE) send a clear message to their goverment on WHAT Type of conunty we want the ACLU will continue to do what they link.

See I find it funny that the first three word of the constitution is WE THE PEOPLE...

Yet it's WE THE PEOPLE..whose rights are not being protected..

Posted by: Victor Swindell at September 18, 2006 04:08 PM