Separation of church and state

Quoting Debbie Weisman Clasie:

In 1948, Vashti McCollum won her case at the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) level in favor of Separation of Church and State. She must have been thrilled that it was over. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

I’ll bet when Dr. Ellery Schempp won his case in 1963, he was relieved it was over. But, again, it wasn’t.

Sydell Stone was probably delighted in 1980 that the SCOTUS found in his favor of the Separation of Church and State and, again, that it was over. But it still wasn’t.

In 1985 Ishmael Jaffree won his case, and was likely satisfied with the result and relieved it was over. You’re probably catching on…it wasn’t.

I can guarantee that in 1992 when Lee v. Weisman was decided by the SCOTUS, the plaintiffs were thrilled, relieved, delighted and satisfied that it was over. Yup, yet again, it wasn’t.

While it’s frustrating that the same, logical arguments seem to need to be made repeatedly, I personally take comfort in knowing that we have brave young people in this country like Jessica Ahlquist, Damon Fowler and Krystal Myers to continue to fight this fight.

While some of these plaintiffs/victims are atheist and some are not, there are (at least) two things they all have in common: they were fighting FOR the constitution and they won.

Jessica, Damon and Krystal: We know it’s hard to be in the minority and in the spotlight, but we hope you draw strength and comfort from the MANY of us who agree with you. We ♥ you and support you.

Another case was Engel v. Vitale in 1962, a landmark United States Supreme Court case that determined that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools.


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