Hetrick misinterpreted First Amendment

April 3, 2010
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I’m disappointed with Hetrick’s misguided interpretation of the First Amendment. In a country where Neo-Nazis and La Raza (“The Race”) can campaign on public streets espousing their hateful and racist views, it strikes me as odd that he feels a Christian prayer in a public forum somehow restricts his rights.

Despite the American Civil Liberties Union’s anti-Christian successes, the Constitution simply says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion … .” From what I can tell, it doesn’t say “No one should ever have to hear words they don’t agree with.” Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion.

Greg Fulk


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