Originally created 02/12/02

Law bans state religion, not prayer



Regarding Matt Alan's Jan. 30 letter on separation of church and state:

If Mr. Alan would read the First Amendment, he, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, would find that the real intent of the First Amendment would be, "No law shall be enacted that establishes (a state religion) or abridges freedom of speech or freedom of the press."

As I read this, the federal Constitution bans making the Baptist faith, for instance, the only religion one could worship in the state.

The First Amendment shouts down the ACLU and anyone else in saying you can't pray in a football game or graduation ceremonies, or have the Ten Commandments or Bible-reading in a public school - or a nativity scene on public property.

For Mr. Alan's information, the ivy-league schools were originally starting to train men as seminary students, out to preach the word of God.

Woodrow Short, Aiken, S.C.