Americans United activists in Florida got a tremendous and welcome surprise last week when two harmful proposals to amend Florida’s Constitution failed to advance. This group of AU leaders campaigned to protect the No-Aid Provision and another provision that protects public education.
A recent op-ed by James Grady misunderstood the U.S. Constitution and the concept of religious freedom it enshrines (“Your View: Defend your religious freedom,” April 17).Government officials cannot use their government offices to promote their personal religion. Principals, teachers, judges, and mayors occupy offices that are public trusts, which belong to “We the People,” not the temporary officeholder. If a legislator were to use his office for personal financial gain it would
Make fun of this, Colbert!
The sheriff’s action is a minor skirmish in a longstanding siege on the wall of separation between church and state, but it is also one whose outcome could very much depend on who gets to fill the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
Any decent, red-blooded American politician loves the Constitution. It seems fair, then, to expect these politicians to respect the very first right established by that great document: “Congress