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JohnRich

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You have a good point. The constitutioin (paraphrased) says that the federal gov't shall not establish laws advocating one religion over another. However, there aren't any federal compulsory school attendance laws.

On the other hand, it was an act of the federal government to change the pledge to include god. So, in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with schools forcing kids to say the pledge even though it has god in it. But, it was wrong to add god to the pledge in the first place.

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Not in the constitution, but...

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith and worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people that declared that their Congress should make no laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

-Thomas Jefferson

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every state has a law requiring school attendance.

therefore the government is requiring them to attend school, and the school is requiring them to say the pledge.

Individual states cannot pass laws that supercede the constitution. States are bound by federal guidelines. If the federal law says you can't put up one religion over another, or religion itself up over non-religion (which has been the supreme court's interpretation of the bill of rights), states can't do it either.

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Yeah, but everyone else here has said that what the founding fathers said is worthless today. I agree that they should be listened to, but that's you and me against them.

All TJ is saying is that the text stating "Congress should make no laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" IS the wall. That means we don't need a higher/bigger/better wall. Just a wall that stops congress from acting. We don't need a wall keeping all aspects of religion out of the public eye.
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We don't need a wall keeping all aspects of religion out of the public eye.



Problem is fire-breathing zealot asshats like Pat Buchanan insist that "religion" somehow means "Protestant Born-Agains with the need to shit on others' beliefs." See the "Marklar" episode of South Park. They're the ones causing most to advocate limiting religion in govt. In order to restrain them, we need to restrain all...

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people place way too much importance on "in god we trust" and way too little on "E Pluribus Unium" my latin is pretty shitty(read non existant) but the concept is so much more what America is about then anything to do with god(s)

oh and our money is on the "world standard" not the "Gold standard" hasn't been gold for a long long time, notes called silver certificates once could have been changed for a specific amount of sliver (or gold for the larger bills) but those bills aren't currency anymore.



On the back of the $1 bill it says very clearly "Novus Ordo Seclorum"
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everyone else here has said that what the founding fathers said is worthless today.



I don't recall saying any such thing.
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