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March 4, 2011
According to the Constitution, church and state are supposed to be separated and not interfere in the business of one another. So how is one to understand when the church interferes with the law by winning the right of free speech at the site of funerals of American troops who have fought bravely for the freedoms we enjoy today? Many believe the church has made the military services worthless and that to fight means that God will not forgive those who defend the United States. They will have soldiers questioning whether it's right to go to war and kill the enemy if one will get dumped in Hell for it. The Church has already raised the issue that God hates soldiers and this will surely hurt the military's attempt to recruit the best men possible.
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NEWS
July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
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NEWS
January 28, 2011
Although I am a very strong supporter of same-sex marriage, I want to object to Dan Rodricks' characterization of the separation of church and state in Thursday's column ("Wait just a blessed minute, Mr. Miller," Jan. 27). Mr. Rodricks argues that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's support for a traditional definition of marriage on the grounds that it is "blessed by God" is a violation of "the separation. " But this confuses the establishment of religion, which the Constitution prohibits, with the use of religion in political speech, which the Constitution does not prohibit.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
In response to the letter, "Keep church and state separate" (May 16), prayer was an everyday occurrence when I was growing up and attending public school in the 1950s and early 1960s. A student read a passage from the Bible, then the Lord's Prayer was recited ending the morning ritual with the Pledge of Allegiance to follow. Nobody I know was adversely affected by this practice. Whether it took place in elementary, junior high or high school, no child was scarred negatively. At the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, children from many religious backgrounds attended with no negative reaction to the morning prayer.
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By Evan Siple | June 6, 2012
Power Plant Live newcomer Kettle Hill, a "Theodore Roosevelt-themed" establishment replete with lively, wood-and-iron-and-brass layouts, is a solid rustic-yet-fun place to hang out after work. It's a spot for working professionals with a bit of grown-up taste. Like the atmosphere, the cocktail menu, as bartender Daniel Clemmer puts it aptly, "is sophisticated, but approachable without being pretentious. " One of the freshest examples is the Church and State, a Herradura Tequila-based cocktail with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, fresh pineapple juice, cinnamon simple syrup and honkin' 2-by-2 inch ice cubes.
NEWS
By Irwin E. Weiss | March 14, 2012
Much has been written and said recently about the First Amendment and freedom of religion in the context of the current political atmosphere. Many of the most provocative comments have been about contraception, abortion rights and health insurance. Some politicians and pundits claim that President Barack Obama is attacking religion or religious institutions. Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum stoked the fires by criticizing the 1960 speech given by John F. Kennedy when he ran for president.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
In response to the recent coverage of gay marriage and transgender rights and the hearings in Annapolis, I am quite upset to think our elected officials are confusing the roles of the church and state. The Constitution requires civil liberties for all. Allowing the church to define the rules based on religion is not upholding the Constitution. This requires our government to keep church and state separate and to recognize the rights of all regardless of race, color, sex and religion.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
In the recent article in the Sun about the six senators that hold the key to the gay marriage bill ( "Undeclared lawmakers to decide fate of gay marriage," Feb. 6) I found the statement, "Religion has loomed large in the debate," to be particularly chilling. It's as if the concept of separation between church and state is some figment of our imagination. Some legislators are deeply involved in their churches and thus vote according to what the church dictates. Another referred to her "upbringing" and was ambivalent at the time of this article time due to the fact that she now has more friends who are gay and has discovered that they are no different that she. Wow!
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | October 16, 2011
It was said of Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, that if he won the 1928 presidential election he would take orders from the Vatican and not uphold the Constitution. John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Kennedy said in part, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president -- should he be Catholic -- how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote...
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | August 27, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Logicians say it is impossible to hold two conflicting thoughts simultaneously. But I do when it comes to the Ten Commandments case in Alabama and the ongoing debate about the relationship between church and state. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a statement Aug. 14, challenging an order by federal U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. Judge Thompson ordered the removal of a stone depiction of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
The self-indulgent attitudes of the Carroll County Commissioners regarding public prayers at the start of their meetings are embarrassing and make no sense ( "Carroll commissioners resume practice of sectarian Christian prayer," May 13). The commissioners' assertion that religious prayer be an integral part of official government business is misguided. In this country we have freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion. The Carroll County Commissioners must fully appreciate the importance of providing an atmosphere that is entirely comfortable for those who prefer to see and hear the people's business conducted without the interweaving of a tapestry of worship.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
I feel sorry for anyone who has to alienate others by overtly Christianizing prayer before Carroll Board of County Commissioners meetings ( "Carroll commissioners resume opening with Christian prayer ," May 14). Are these people so fearful or dependent that they have to speak the name of Jesus before feeling strong enough to do the work of the board? What's wrong with using "God" or "Master of the Universe" or similar invocations which might create a feeling of bonding and cooperation instead of divisiveness and discomfort?
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | April 29, 2014
I am shocked to have seen Roger Kegley's letter to The Aegis telling people how to pray. Freedom of religion is one of our nation's basic rights (although under continual attack). Generations of our service men and women gave their lives to protect these rights. A prayer is a communication from an individual to the God that they believe in. Some of our Arabic countries have a loud call to prayer twice a day and the people of that belief stop whatever they are doing regardless of where they are and take time to pray out loud.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
The recent article about the two woman taking a case to the Supreme Court because they did not like the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, New York perhaps epitomizes the ills of American society ( "Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state," Nov. 2). At a time when Christians are demanded to be tolerant of every vice under the sun, these two woman refuse to show tolerance in kind because they "felt like outcasts" when the prayers were being recited.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Aaron Margolis, an attorney active in Zionist organizations, died of complications of a pituitary adenoma Feb. 10 at the North Oaks Retirement Community. The former Northwest Baltimore resident was 87. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Minnie and Samson Margolis, a picture framer and calligraphy artist. He grew up on East Baltimore Street and attended Polytechnic Institute. For two years in the mid-1930s, the family lived in what was then Palestine, but returned to Baltimore when the elder Mr. Margolis could not find work or earn enough there in the Depression, family members said.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Mary Ann Fulford, a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, helped launch a local version of the Backpack Buddies program at the church after she heard about it about four years ago. The national program provides weekend meals to needy children, and Fulford saw a need in her own community. The church started by providing food to 15 students at Georgetown East Elementary School in the spring of 2009. Today, the church provides meals to more than 60 children, at Georgetown East and at a second school, Mills-Parole Elementary in Annapolis.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Gather around, little ones, we're going to talk today about Church and State. Church is where you learn about God, and State, in its schools, is where you learn about reading and writing and mathematics and science. But some people get the two confused. One of them, a man named Mr. Huckabee, is seriously confused, because he said that all those children in Connecticut got killed because the State does not make us pray at school. What's that? Why would the school make you pray?
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