Lets keep things secular

Dante Harrold, Staff writer

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Every person has a right to secular government just as much as they have the right to a Democratic government. It is in fact mandated under the First Amendment of the United States that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Under the current Administration, government officials have shown an increasingly dangerous amount of disregard to the law, as they’ve been slightly favoring Christianity.  The law is merely to insure that our government is serving all its’ people equally, rather than choosing to uplift some individuals because they happen to share some of the same religious ideas of those in power. An Atheist, Muslim, or Pagan should have the same privileges that Christians are allowed.

The Golden rule is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”All that is being asked is that those in positions of governmental power ensure the government treat people of other faiths and ideologies equally.

The only way to truly insure that everyone is treated fairly in terms of religion is to have a hardline secular government.

For example, look at the Supreme Court case regarding Domineque Ray. Ray, a Muslim,  was convicted of raping and murdering a 15 year old girl. Ray was denied a spiritual adviser in prison, as he waited too long to request one according to the prison officials. The prison stated that it would be too inconvenient for them to provide Ray with one as well. The Supreme court ignored the evidence contradicting the prison officials claim that this was done purely out of expediency rather than religious bigotry, including earlier attempts to deny Ray a Quran. The Supreme Court permitted Ray’s execution.

Another example of the government disregard towards the importance of secularism is shown in the Pennsylvania Federal Appeals Court.  The court has ruled that Atheists can be barred from giving invocation at the Pennsylvania state house. To be clear, attacking Christianity is not the goal in maintaining a secular government nor is it the main motivation for those who advocate for it. Nor is the goal to show favor to another religion.

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