The Patriot editors claim our right to freedom of religion is protected by the Establishment Clause prohibiting government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion” ("A compromise in game prayer issue" Bremerton Patriot, Oct. 23. ) While this is true, it is protected even more significantly by the Free Exercise Clause saying government may not prohibit the free exercise of religion. The Patriot editors completely ignore this crucial part of the First Amendment.
As a veteran from Illinois, and a student of government and of the history of education, it seems as though the winds blowing in from Washington sure smell foul here in Illinois.
I take great exception to your position against football coach Joe Kennedy, who also happens to be a devoted Christian, whose faith obviously upsets you personally in your over–the–top reaction to his leading prayer.
Reading with interest clear over here in Illinois the articles about the high school coach and praying on the field after games.
Discriminating against Christians appears to be the one thing acceptable to the progressive PC police who preach their own form of tolerance.
Are you driven by the political correctness we now live by, driven by the atheists and the fear of the ACLU!
The presence of invited members of the Seattle Chapter of The Satanic Temple to Thursday's football game was not intended or conceived to be divisive. People should feel free to cheer for us, or to praise Jesus, or to peacefully celebrate any other spiritual figure they so choose. At its best, America displays a rich tapestry of respectful diversity. The Satanic Temple's mission is not to silence anyone, but to assure that voices have the opportunity to be heard.