There is an ongoing campaign to assert that the United States is a Christian nation. One of the principle factors in the founding of the United States was to establish that there would be NO state religion.
The Pilgrims went from England to The Netherlands to what was to become the United States because of religious persecution. They KNEW the results of having a state religion in England. To this point, the first amendment to the Constitution states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
As spiritualists, we recognize the vulnerability that we would suffer if there were an officially established religion in the United States. This is very unlikely to ever happen because many of the fundamentalist sects are so convinced that they have the “right answer” that they would never agree to have an official religion other than their own.
Religion or spirituality need to be taught at home, and the parents should be living consistently with the stated beliefs of their religion or spirituality. Schools are largely publically funded, and these schools should be abiding by the First Amendment.
If prayers are to be broadcast in school, then we should have designated days for each of the major religions, with Christianity getting one day out of five. Monday can be Muslim day. Tuesday can be Hindu day. Wednesday can be Jewish day. Thursday can be Christian day. Friday can be Buddhist day. That covers the majority of religions in the world.
If you don’t like that idea, then I suggest that the schools broadcast 60 seconds of silence with the instructions for all the children to either pray or meditate, but to stop talking. They can do whatever they want, but they can’t break the silence. The teachers will appreciate this respite in the day, and nobody’s religion will be offended.
Here in Columbus, there is a push now to create a Personhood amendment to the Ohio Constitution. This is an assault on personal freedom that is based upon religious beliefs. It is so vague that even the Ohio attorney general is reluctant to allow the current language to go forward. The attempt to legislate particular religious viewpoints is a clear violation of the letter and spirit of the First Amendment.
Wake up and speak out about maintaining the separation of church and state in every area. This separation is the foundation of our rights in our ability to worship as we see fit. The Creator does not have a favorite religion. Every person in the universe is allowed to believe as they will. The United States should follow the Creator’s example.