And here is yet another example of people taking the concept of “separation of Church and State” far beyond its original concept. The following story was posted by the Star-Telegram of Dallas/Fort Worth:
A Keller school district parent said political correctness has run amok at her daughter’s elementary school, where the principal chose to omit the words “In God We Trust” from an oversize coin depicted on the yearbook cover.
Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville, wanted to avoid offending students of different religions, a district spokesman said. Students were given stickers with the words that could be affixed to the book if they so chose.
Debi Ackerman of North Richland Hills said she is offended by the omission. It’s yet another example of a politically correct culture that is removing Christian references from all public places, she said.
The often-used phrase “separation of Church and State” does not actually appear in the Constitution. It comes from a letter written by then-President Thomas Jefferson in response to a letter sent him by Baptists from Connecticut. In that letter he coined the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state” that has been used ever since. But a letter from President Jefferson does not have the same weight of legality as the Constitution. The actual words of the First Amendment state, in part:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Pray tell, what part of “Congress shall make no law” applies to the Keller school district?