You know what? America has too many whiners and sissies that complain about everything you do and want you to stop it in the name of all that is good, but maybe not holy. They seek to limit your rights in order to either make themselves feel better or to make everyone as miserable as they are. One of the main things people like this attack is the Freedom of Religion. Or as they call it the Freedom From Religion, they even have a foundation of people for this very goal, a foundation of what I believe are frivolous litigators and whiny babies.
Too often they cite the separation of church and state as their reasoning for near rabid attacks on everything from crosses at landmarks to, like this case, a discount at a restaurant when you bring in a church bulletin. The one thing they don’t mention is the fact that separation of church and state appears nowhere in the constitution. The clause establishing freedom of religion was clearly meant to keep the government from meddling in the affairs of the religious or pushing a state sanctioned religion. And by state sanctioned I mean something the residents of the state are compelled to engage in, not something acknowledged like 2012 being the year of the Bible in PA, that is not state sanctioning.
In fact the separation of church and state only appears in a letter Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists of Danbury, CT. In the letter he said, “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State”
Which roughly translates as I see it as the government will stay out of your religious business, not the government will put a stop to your religious business when it offends some whiner who doesn’t care to believe.
In fact, this was how the first amendment was treated up until 1947, when the supreme court ruled on Everson v. Board of Education when they used Jefferson’s letter to create the current wall of church and state in America, overturning one hundred and seventy years of precedence in court cases and putting extreme limits on the role of religion in America. Everson v. Board of Education has become the spring-board by which every attack on religious freedom in the last 65 years has come from. The ability of government to limit the religious actions of a few. Well guess what, sometimes it still doesn’t apply, like in the actual church or in a private business, like this restaurant. They still have the right to refuse service for any reason they see fit as a private entity. Not that a church will refuse you the right to come on in and worship, but they may ask you to leave if you are disruptive or displaying open hostility. However, the restaurant can offer whatever it wants as a private business, unless they are taking a government subsidy.
In this case, the 80-year-old, catholic come atheist sob, who doesn’t even eat at the restaurant, he just despises religiosity can go get bent. We have some freedoms left in this country you wrinkled old hate monger, and we’re not about to let you and a bunch of other whiny litigators take some things from us to make you feel better about yourselves.