Helen Wolfson: Christianity not threatened

April 4, 2013 

Christianity not threatened

As reported in “Religion resolution causes stir in N.C., nationally” (April 4) a couple of Christian representatives from Rowan County introduced the failed “Defense of Religion Act.”

Apparently, they were so threatened by a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice of offering Christian prayers before Rowan County commissioner meetings that they felt compelled to propose legislation that declares, “the North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.”

Christianity is not threatened by a prohibition on sectarian prayers before government meetings. On the contrary, sectarian prayers before government meetings send the clear message that those who do not subscribe to the favored religion are second-class citizens. If the state can ignore the establishment clause, I expect it can ignore any part of the Constitution that it doesn’t like.

This was tried before, in the 1860s, with disastrous results.

Helen Wolfson


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