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Separation of Church and State must remain absolute


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

With some hesitation I write about a subject that concerns both politics and religion, as both are topics often not up for debate among friends and family. However, when GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared on February 26 that he doesn’t believe “the separation of church and state is absolute,” he crossed a line which was concerning to me.

Santorum criticized a speech made by John Kennedy in 1960 where Kennedy described the separation of church and state as an absolute doctrine. He failed to criticize Ronald Reagan who stated, “I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of church and state.”

James Garfield declared, “We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.”

Santorum insisted the first amendment to the constitution means the free exercise of religion. He apparently believes the free exercise of religion is the ability to impose one’s beliefs on others. Our country’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, without limitations dependent on individual religious interpretations. Freedom of religion is the right to practice which ever religion or belief system an individual chooses. Once the state and religion become entwined, this freedom is limited for those that don’t have the belief system which coincides with that of the state.

Many groups of various faiths immigrated to this country, often at great hardship, so they could practice the religion of their choice unimpeded by the government. A wide variety of organized religions have their own narrow belief systems. Faith is personal.

We are a very diverse population, many religions with differing sects, a variety of cultures, many ethnic groups, and so on.

Religion is referred to twice in the constitution. The first amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” and in Article VI, clause 3, of the constitution it says “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Both place a separation between religion and the government.

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson interpreted the first amendment as the establishment of a “wall of separation” between church and state. He saw the separation as a way t .....
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Pro-What?

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Every single genetic trait about you was determined at the moment of conception. You were uniquely you, from that point on. Some would say that you weren’t you until you were actually born. But nothing about you was determined then. Furthermore, ..... 
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Grant money isn’t free

By Al Schumann

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Recently an email had a story about the teacher who decided to have an election as part of her civics class. She picked a boy as a candidate for one party and a girl for the other party. The boy gave a nice little talk on what he would propose to do ..... 
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Problems with immigration

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

How many immigration amnesty programs have been declared since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act? Most folks think one only and believe it was Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act granting amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens. ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Almanzo 100 is coming, again!

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
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Pre-marriage, pre-career, and pre-children, I was quite a dedicated biker once upon a time. No, not a “Harley” biker. I pedaled my way to the finish line with mountain bikes, touring bikes and cross-trainers -- everything but a unicycle. Ther ..... 
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Live for today and plan for tomorrow

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
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Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand when they sense danger as the well known myth might have us believe. Unfortunately, people do bury their heads metaphorically by denying or ignoring the facts. It is easy to be swayed by words which ..... 
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Unedited online comments posted in response to: “Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues” See more online comments at fillmorecountyjournal.com.

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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Article comment by: Erin There is no issue in having a party, who doesn’t love a party. The biggest issue for me is that dogie days was started with the idea to honor our vets. Great attempt the first year with a great ceremony and high hopes of w ..... 
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Extremes?

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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A few weeks ago, Karen Reisner wrote a very good commentary on the impact and importance of a third party candidate. I can really appreciate that she takes the time to use factual and informative means. I feel she was right in many ways, particularl ..... 
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Remembering the Great Depression

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
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If one reads histories written by generic historians about the Great Depression of the ‘30s chances are you won’t learn much, if anything, of value. Books about the Depression written by credible economic historians or economists like Hayek, Fri ..... 
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