I combined the “Establishment Clause” and the “Free Exercise Clause” because they are so closely related.
I have to agree with this one. I believe it is essential for the government not to endorse or promote one religion over another. I also agree that people should have the right to practice any religion of their choice. In my opinion, both are vital aspects of a free nation.
However, I have often struggled with the Establishment Clause. It is not that I am retracting my earlier statement, it is just I am a bit biased because I am Christian. I don’t like the fact that the Ten Commandments have been removed from court houses or that prayers are prohibited in public schools.
What I have come to realize is that the Ten Commandments are not necessarily just a set of rules from one religion’s God, but a fundamental value system for life. When you read the Commandments, are there not at least seven of them you should live by? Leave out the ones about God and the Sabbath. What about “thou shall not kill” or “thou shall not steal?” Can’t we agree that maybe the criminals in the court house about to be sentenced for first-degree murder or grand theft auto could have used those rules?
As for prayer, I think anybody that wants to join in a morning prayer should be able to do so. Don’t take it out because of political correctness. Just allow each student to pray to their religion’s God. There should be time set aside for it.
At the end of the day, people should be allowed to have their own spiritual times — without any government interference. The government should not be involved in something that personal. The only reason to do so would be to control you.
Now, I want to know what you think. I have stated my case. I am in favor of this right and believe it is essential.
Do you think this right is important? Would you consider it an essential right? Why or why not?
These are your rights at the end of the day, America. It is up to us to make sure we remember that and do not let them be taken away.