Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

seperation of church and state

Prayer

I haven’t heard much about this in the news—everyone needs to know!

The US Supreme Court  is hearing a case Wednesday that examines whether a town board in upstate New York violated the separation of church and state when it authorized the delivery of a prayer prior to board meetings. The case is Town of Greece v. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens (12-696). A decision is expected by June.

Traditionally, Greece town board meetings opened after a moment of silence. But in 1999, members of the board decided to have a prayer instead. They established a procedure to allow… Continue reading

Wall of Misconception

US Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquest said it best, “The wall of separation between church and state is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.”

All of this wall talk stems from the first amendment which states that Congress will make no law establishing a religion. And most agree the amendment simply means that religion will not be imposed upon the people. It does not mean that government will be free of religion. Most of our Founding Fathers quotes were taken,… Continue reading

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