Discrimination and a One-Way Establishment Clause


I’ve got an op-ed in the Rhode Island Catholic, pointing out how progressives seem to think the Establishment Clause only blocks other religions than progressivism:

If the clause in the First Amendment that forbids “an establishment of religion” within government means anything, it means that government can’t enforce one set of beliefs as the law to the exclusion of others. Unfortunately, too many people in an increasingly powerful ideological group don’t much care about the objective meaning of words. To them, the Establishment Clause is a one-way street. They get to establish, you have to follow their dogma.

Diaz may have pulled her bill when people didn’t treat it as the feel-good filler that she intended, but Catholics should consider it to be a warning shot. After all, if people in the state government believe they should have the right to come into our schools and determine whether our teachings discriminate, they must also believe they have the right to tell our children how they ought to live and, ultimately, what our relationship with God must be.

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  • Rhett Hardwick

    I do not understand how anyone, with the slightest knowledge of history, fails to understand that the Founding Fathers sought to avoid a “Church of England” format for the United States. We are/were a Christian nation, if you don’t think so, read the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
    As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!
    (the author (ess?) lived at 150 Rhode Island Ave., Newport)

    “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1950’s. I am not sure when “freedom from religion” got it’s start, but it does cause me to consider that atheists seem to mention God more frequently than believers.

    • guest

      Not sure where you are going with your “knowledge of history” and the “the Founding Fathers”, but those lyrics were not written until 1861 by a woman.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Yes, when I was a kid, I knew her granddaughter; which is why I know the address. The lyrics are to show that we were a “Christian nation” in the middle 1800’s. Our Constitution does not include God, but the Confederate one did. 100 years later we adopted “one nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Well into the 1960’s, school started each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer. The Founding Fathers, at least the majority, were undoubtedly Christian, they simply sought to avoid a State Church. The Constitution only slightly precedes the Second Great Awakening.

  • Merle The Monster

    You write in your op-ed ; “Only the one true meaning of marriage — the progressive meaning — could be tolerated. “. If the writer were not blinded by their faith, that sentence may be more like this; “ Only the legal meaning of marriage should be upheld”.