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May 9, 2014

LEFFLER: Praying upon the unindoctrinated

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I don’t want prayer from the government any more than I want my church to tell me its interpretation of the Constitution. The two influences just shouldn’t meet.

To be fair, there’s nothing in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or anywhere else, really, that says there’s a “separation of church and state.” Some believe it’s implied by the First Amendment guarantee to freedom of religion, which many (myself included) interpret as “freedom from religion,” meaning freedom against the type of indoctrination that happens in Greece … and Niagara County … and who knows how many other places in the nation.

The attorney for the Town of Greece applauded the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, saying the court affirmed “that Americans are free to pray.” On that, I’d agree. But we should also be free from being prayed to … or at.

If, as a Christian, I find the practice offensive, how do others feel? 

Scott Leffler is a Christian. But that's between him and God. You be what you want to be. He won't hold it against you as long as you don't pressure him to convert. Follow him on Twitter @scottleffler.

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