The atheist organization The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that the Wayland High School band “stop playing ‘God Bless America’ at school functions because it violates separation of church and state.” The Massachusetts’ school officials are ignoring the group’s threats, and for good reason.
First, the First Amendment prohibits “Congress” from establishing a religion. Congress is not involved.
Second, the First Amendment, even if it were involved, could not prohibit the free exercise of religion.
Third, no church is involved in what the band plays.
Fourth, there are bucket loads of historical problems with the atheist group’s challenge to “God Bless America.”
There’s the Declaration of Independence that uses the following religious phases: “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” “endowed by their Creator,” “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world,” “protection of Divine Providence.”
The Constitution’s reference to Jesus Christ in its dating: “Done in the Year of Our Lord. . . .”
The Preamble to the Massachusetts Constitution states: “We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence. . . .”
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