I am personally not religious but I am willing to die for another person's right to be.
Too many people in America confuse freedom of
religion with freedom from
Our constitution was very specific on this issue. People have a right to worship as they see fit - this includes while at school and when in a
government building etc.
Freedom of religion doesn’t guarantee a person’s right to never see or witness the worship of another person just that the government would not
compel them to participate or discriminate against them for not doing so. Also the government was not to establish or fund a particular one.
The difference is subtle but important. While the government is to not endorse, support, fund or establish an official State religion its employees
are free to practice theirs as they see fit. Even while working. If a teacher, coach or elected official thinks it’s appropriate to pray for
guidance or whatever at a particular time she should be able to do so. Their personal choice is not the same as a government endorsement.
It is no sweat for me to be silent as others pray or to see them do it, I feel no need to participate no compulsion to change my views.
In the military there were prayers before every major event, some participated some didn't - it matters to some people. I get that. It is there for
them. It takes 30 - 60 seconds usually for the chaplain to whip one out. It doesn't cost anything to be quiet, respectful and accept that while not
important to you personally it is to a good many others.
I have while in Command had the authority to not have invocations and such at my events - why as a person completely ambivalent about religion have
the invocations anyway?
Because it’s not just about me - these things motivate others and matter to them, while you can't hit all the people and all the religions all the
time you can hit the major one, which happens to be Christianity. It mattered to a lot of my Soldiers why deny them their comfort...?
The rest of the people can chose to pray to whatever god(s) or ideals or just stand there - personally I don't care.
I don’t feel as though my beliefs are challenged by witnessing someone practicing their own.
edit on 15/11/2012 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)