DAILYKENN.com -- Actually, wise men have already been removed from government schools. Now the attack is targeting a display of three guys on camels. Apparently the display offended someone. Separation of church and state is the pretext used to bully the schools into submission.
A few thoughts to take away:
• First, were the display featuring Islamic or American Indian iconography, it would be heralded and praised as cultural inclusion and a component of the educational process.
• Second, the objected centers on separation of church and state (not found in the Constitution), but never separation of mosque and state, synagogue and state, or temple and state. The use of the word 'church' is biased against a particular religion.
• Third, the phrase "wall of separation between church and state" was first used by President Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists in which the president in his official capacity spoke of God as the creator, assured the Baptists of his unwavering support in their fight against religious discrimination, and told them he was praying for them. Today such a position would not be tolerated. It would be a violation of church and state.
Here is the text of the letter.
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
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The Newaygo Public School district could face legal action if three wise men and a star aren't removed from one of the district's buildings.
A state association involved in separation of church and state cases put the district on notice this week.
The issue and possible removal of the display is becoming the talk of Newaygo as residents prepare for Friday night's Christmas walk. Residents say the display goes back more than 40 years.
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