Some people do not understand Separation Of Church And State though I find it hard to fathom. I mean 'separation', to keep things apart, church and state; to keep church and state apart. Church out of the state, or government business, and the government out of the church business.
Pretty cut-and-dried, eh?
Not so up in Roanoke, where US District Court Jude Michael Urbanski has declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a display of the Ten Commandments at a public school. This is considered an upset for the Giles County school, which hoped the lawsuit over the Ten Commandments display at Narrows High School would end quickly.
It seems, though, that the unnamed student's opinion that allowing the document to be framed and displayed on a school building wall is akin to the United Sates endorsing a religion, one over the other, and is in violation of the law, and the whole shebang is set to go to trial.
Now, to be fair, this is not such a difficult decision. Let me break it down for you:
- If you want your children to be taught the Ten Commandments, send them to church.
- If you want your children to be taught the Ten Commandments, or any religious teachings at all, get them out of public school and send them to a religious school
- Do not subject anyone else, who does not share your religious leanings, or any religious leanings, to your religious leanings.
It's quite simple. I mean, if you want to display the Ten Commandments then display them, but then display documents and passages from every religious text in the world, from every single religion worldwide, and every single non-religious, atheist viewpoint, agnostic viewpoint, I-don't-know-what-I-believe viewpoint on every single wall of every single public, i.e. state, school in the land.
And, maybe it's just me, but I don't think that would go over so well.