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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mandatory church: What First Amendment?

Senator Allen  (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
She meant well.  But good intentions have paved many a road to the wrong places…

Arizona senator Sylvia Allen recently theorized that what is most wrong with America is a lack of beneficial morality.  Daily News reports that she stated:  We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have.  We should
probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.

It is one thing to have a sound premise, but quite another to follow it up with a questionable conclusion. 

First of all, is beneficial morality only to be found within church walls?  For that matter, is it only to be found within religion?

Secondly, if religion is indeed the only way to achieve such virtue, what religion are we talking about?  Senator Allen speaks as though all religious Americans are church-going people.  This is not necessarily true.  America is a diverse nation - composed of those who attend churches, mosques, synagogues, and other places of worship.  There may also be those who are profoundly religious, but rarely or never attend formal services.

Should all of these folks, plus the humanists who find their inspiration in philosophy and the arts,    be ordered to attend church on Sunday?  Is weekday Mass no longer viable?  How about Seventh  Day services?

Should the government be the one doing the ordering?  Is that not called a theocracy?  Is that not contrary to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution?


Copyright April 8, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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