Re: Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: ACT NOW! Stop Federal Funding to Build Churches!
Friday, July 19, 2013 7:43 PM
Aaron wrote: "I'm
agree with the general sentiment, and but calling this the most
egregious disregard for the separation of church and state is an
overstatement that makes us look like loons. I signed the petition, and
but I don't think that statements like that are helpful to our cause."
Well, even if it's not _the_ most egregious, it's certainly an egregious one, and worth voicing strong objection to. It is certainly an implied endorsement of and support of religion at taxpayer expense, which is certainly is a flagrant violation of the constitution. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, plus the president, may be afraid to take that
stance due to the majority of religious Americans, but for once I'd like to see them stop playing politics and stand up for our constitution.
Of course, if they did that scores of other federal programs and policies would also have to be axed, including many that have nothing to do with religion. In case there was any doubt, the tenth amendment makes clear that the federal government only has powers specifically detailed in the constitution, with all others belonging to the states. If this were actually followed (and the libertarian side of me says it should be) we would not have a 16 trillion dollar and growing debt, which may well have dire consequences in the near future (since I see no serious effort by either party or the president to stop it, let alone reverse it).