Doesn't anyone go to sunday school anymore?

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Since we're in the holiest week of the Christian calendar, I figured I'd post something Easter-centric. The Times-Dispatch seemed to have the same thing on its mind.

The article references a poll of Americans stating that a majority no longer believes in the resurrection of the body after death. Public opinion polls on complex theological subjects are hardly reliable anymore. Despite near unanimity in their belief in God, most Americans have stopped going to church regularly and do not have the doctrinal understanding to express a coherent viewpoint on issues of which they've probably never had a serious discussion.

This is another indication that the anti-church movement, run under the guise as the separation of church and state, is winning the war for people's minds. Long ago, they got prayer out of schools and evolution in. Currently, they're after the pledge of allegiance, our national motto, and the Ten Commandments in public. In the future, when they go after personal expressions of faith in public (like what's happening in Europe), we will be the only ones to blame.

My other thought about the article was: Why are they including the Muslim viewpoint in an Easter/Passover article? Did I miss an upcoming Muslim holiday that coincides with Easter/Passover? If so, my apologies to my monotheistic brothers.

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Davis said:

Using the anti-God reasoning of liberal groups like the ACLU, our Declaration of Indepedence and parts of our Constitution violate the made-up concept of "separation of church and state", and should therefore be stricken from existence. Looks like we should go back to being British colonies.

NoVA Scout said:

I've never heard (prior to now) it argued that the Constitution or the Delaration violate secular/religious distinctions contemplated by the Constitution. Of course, had we not had the Revolution, we would have had an established church (the Church of England) and our tax dollars would support it. As a Christian (even though I belong to an offspring of the COE), I really really like living in a society where we devote some attention to the details of keeping church and state separate. Government degrades my religious expression. Keep it away from my church, please.

Singleton said:

NoVA Scout,

Your history is a little off. After the revolution, Virginia had an official state church, the Episcopal church. There was a large push around the same time the Constitution was ratified to end church endorsement by the state for a number of reasons.

This was part and parcel of the movement inside the bill of rights to prevent the federal (emphasis) government from having an official denomination (endorsement).

The other component of the first amendment guarantees Americans the right to freely express their religious beliefs. Rather than a barrier to religious expression, this clause simply empowers Americans to express themselves religiously.

This is the limit of the constituional ban on government's involvement in religion. The Supreme Court of the second half of the 20th century took it upon themselves to erase all evidence of the Christian principles that our nation was founded upon from public life.

What has this movement produced? A fostering of religious expression? No. The past 40 years has seen church attendance sink rapidly, the decimation of the two-parent home, and a host of other problems.

Davis said:

NoVA Scout,
Keep in mind the Bill of Rights, as originally framed, were a set of restrictions on the federal government, saying nothing of the states (check out the 10th amendment, they all but skip that one in schools nowadays). As Singleton pointed out, VA had an official religion as I believe other states did as well.

I agree that government should not interfere in religion. That is the exact reason for the establishment clause, to protect religion from the government...not the other way around.

The ACLU has challenged the Department of Defense for supporting the Boy Scouts. I don't believe the Boy Scouts are a primarily religious organization, although they do stress faith in God. This is just ridiculous, as I mentioned, because simply acknowledging God does not constitute an establishment of religion, as is evidenced in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

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