Separation Of Church And Mind
Jacksonville, FL held a Day Of Faith anti-violence rally back in August. A group of Godless heathens sued them for violating the separation of church and state.
I know most of you know this already but there is nothing in the Constitution that says anything about separation of church and state. The only thing that document says about church is that the FEDERAL government is prohibited from ESTABLISHING a religion. That means that the Feds cannot make a particular religion or denomination the official church of the land.
There is also nothing in the Constitution that would prevent any individual state from establishing a state church. The same also applies to cities, counties, etc.
Edward Kagin, the lead attorney for the aforementioned Godless heathens said, "While the settlement does not carry the weight of legal precedent, it sends the message that government cannot ignore the Constitution's ban of government endorsement of religion."
I think the attorney is a bit confused. Endorsement and establishment are not the same thing. Check your dictionary Mr. Kagin. Besides that, the event in question was simply a Day of Faith which did not represent any religion, but faith in general. How can encouraging faith possibly be construed as establishing a religion? It can't.
Jacksonville should have fought that attempt to extort money for a benign activity; shame on them.