The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). The Liberty Institute lists the many & varied current activities to attempt to eliminate Religious Freedom in America. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participating in religion. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” an author of the study said.

Constitution prevails on 3rd straight day

from The Gray Area:

The Supreme Court today said the First Amendment protects public-school employee’s right to pray on football field after a game. Of course, it does! You really don't need 8 of the smartest legal and Constitutional minds (supposedly) to decide this question. But, the cultural elimination of God from every part of our lives over the past 60 years have trampled everyone's first amendment rights. Today, the Supreme Court said - enough!

High school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for praying on the 50-yard line after games in Bremerton, Washington. School officials argued that the coach, Joe Kennedy, commandeered the government-owned field to promote his faith to fans and students after the game, implicitly putting the district’s imprimatur on his brand of Christianity and that violated school policy. Mr. Kennedy, a Marine Corps veteran who himself attended Bremerton High, said his midfield devotions said his personal expressions of thanksgiving harmed no one and that he treated players fairly whether they joined him in prayer or not. How perfectly he practiced both his faith and the first amendment rights of his players. But, anti-religion spectators and school officials do not like that part of the Constitution, so they bully and sue until faith is eliminated.

"The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. "We are aware of no historically sound understanding of the Establishment Clause that begins to '(make) it necessary for government to be hostile to religion' in this way."

There is a subtle, but extremely important line between official “establishment of religion" and the companion clause protecting “free exercise” of religion, in the first amendment. Pushing one over the other is unconstitutional and wrong. America is not a country with an established religion vs other theocracies we know of such as Iran and other Islamic countries. We are a country of many religions, all free to be practiced. However, this country is dominated by Christians of many denominations. To expect not to see the vast majority of faithful expression by Christians is just nonsense.

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