Lewis Chasalow 
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Re: “One Post & Courier columnist could use a First Amendment primer

Arty wrote " there is no "separation of church and state" in the Constitution." You are either being disingenuous or are truly ignorant.

Yes, those words are not in the constitution. Thomas Jefferson first used those words when describing the intent of the first amendment to a group of baptists concerned about their religious freedom since they were a minority denomination. In addition, the main author of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote several documents asserting that the separation of church and state were conceptually what the establishment clause established.

Just because those words aren't there doesn't mean that isn't it's intent. Also, the legislative branch didn't make laws that require public schools to not include religious content, the judicial branch made a decision that did. The decision regarding school prayer was made by the Supreme Court, and has been upheld several times. The Constitution clearly establishes that the Supreme Court is intended to be the final arbiters of the meaning of the constitution. Therefore, your statement that "[i]t's about time we get back to Constitutional basics and quit making law in the Legislative branch" is just wrong. Nothing about this has to do with the legislative branch changing the constitution. The legislative branch's job IS to make laws, but those laws must be consistent with the constitution, and the SCOTUS determines whether they are or not.

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Posted by Lewis Chasalow on December 31, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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