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Court has twisted meaning of the Establishment Clause

Founding fathers never intended to relegate faith/religion to be practiced only in a church building one day a week.

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

The Elkhart Truth’s Sunday editorial concluded that Concord administrators failed the community because they botched an opportunity to reign in a rogue teacher who exposed his students to creationism and also “refused to defend the ideal of a public school system where religion is studied but not advocated.”

The editorial also documented how the Supreme Court concluded teaching creationism in public schools is taboo in that it violates the Establishment Clause.

The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the "separation of church and state." This prevents the federal government from establishing a state religion that would then discriminate against minority faiths. The exact wording is this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

Over the years, our Supreme Court has reinterpreted the Constitution to mean something our founding fathers never intended. They never intended to relegate faith/religion to be practiced only in a church building one day a week.

So I have some questions. Why is The Elkhart Truth so concerned about exposing the students of our community to religious content? Are you saying it is a negative influence on their lives? Are you saying, with respect to Concord teacher Ryan Culp and his religious instruction, that it was harmful to the students? Is it good to communicate to our students they need protection from what the Bible says in the book of Genesis and other books in the Bible? Are you saying that what Ryan Culp exposed his students to is inherently false?

If that is what you are saying, then the best thing we can do is bar the doors of every church and prohibit any utterance of religious instruction as took place in the classroom of Ryan Culp.

DON MARTIN

Elkhart


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