Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hawaii State Senate - #2602 - Appeasing the Gods in Hawaii - Townhall

In the state where pagan natives once threw people off cliffs to placate the gods, the Hawaiian state Senate has voted to end the practice of opening its sessions with prayer. It’s probably just silly Internet prattle that some of the more intemperate civil liberties advocates want to follow this up by throwing pastors into Kilauea, the volcano home of the fire goddess Pele. The Jan. 21 vote came after the ACLU threatened to sue because of a single complaint by Mitch Kahle, founder of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church. The sticking point is that some speakers invoke Jesus, which sends the ACLU into a bout of “separation of church and state anxiety syndrome.” It seems that they are functionally “anti-Christ.” The phrase “separation of church and state,” of course, appears nowhere in the U.S. Constitution and was derived from a Jan. 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury, Conn. Baptist Association assuring them that no particular Christian denomination would be declared a state religion. The liberal U.S. Supreme Court picked up on this nearly a century and a half later and concocted an extra-constitutional doctrine that the ACLU has wielded like a pineapple machete against public religious symbols or prayers.  Read more........ Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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