Wednesday, June 09, 2004


THIS is what I'm talking about

Picked up this article at For those who want the short form, it basically states that the 6th Circuit Court in Tennessee has ruled that an optional weekly 30-minute Bible classes held in Rhea County elementary schools are unconstitutional. Why?

Because they violate the First Amendment's clause separating church and state.

I hate this.

I am always amazed at how church and state is invoked whenever convenient. Why didn't someone invoke Church and State (which sounds like a street corner but, since they NEVER meet, it isn't) when the state tied benefits to a definition of marriage that was suspiciously similar to the one written in Scripture?

Maybe I just don't understand the meaning of the separation of the two.

To my little mind, separation of Church and State means the state can set laws according to the will of the people, but the Church can choose to be exempt. For example, if my (or anybody's) Pastor chooses to claim that "alternative" lifestyles are unacceptable in God's eyes according to the Scripture, then they should be allowed to do that. If they wish to host a youth Bible study in a church hall during the scheduled lunch hour, no problem. I wonder what would have happened if the Rhea County school board was teaching Koran classes. Can't see the Court striking those down.

Can't wait till somebody tries to make a court case that murderers shouldn't be charged because "Thou Shalt Not Kill" is taken from the Bible.

I may be overreacting.

End Times better get here soon. God's gotta come straighten this mess out.