Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

"...don’t impose your religion on them"

The Virginian Pilot has a write-up about the debate and subsequent death of constitutional amendment (HJ537) that would open the door to organized prayer in school. Del. Charles W. Carrico, SR. (R-Grayson), the bill's sponsor, said the amendment was needed because

"The Christian faith in this country has been grossly persecuted in the past few years...The secular world has said, 'You can only profess your faith within the four walls of the church you are in.'"

As Del. Carrico hopefully learned in a debate with Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, who is Jewish, that this would open doors to all religions. Saslaw noted that he attended a public school in D.C. where school prayer and Bible reading was allowed. A certain amount of uneasyness existed between Jews and Christians.

Saslaw then asked Carrico "What do you tell these other people that don’t read from your Bible ... What do you tell those Muslim parents?”

Carrico: "I don’t know what I would tell them. I tell my children that you respect people of other faiths."

Saslaw: "If you respect those other beliefs then you don’t impose your religion on them."

As a side note, another reason legal scholars and law makers didn't pass this bill was because they determined that individual religous rights were already protected under a host of judicial decisions and other laws penned by George Mason and Thomas Jefferson.

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