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Subject: Re: Welcome! Date: 11/30/2001 7:06 PM
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The right of religious speech.(Banning the mention of God or Jesus)

"Well, we have the right of freedom of religion. That means we can worship any god we choose, or none at all--it does *not* mean we can worship *anywhere* we choose and force anyone unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity to join in with us. I imagine you'd get pretty annoyed if, before some public meeting, I asked everyone present to take off their shoes and socks, form a circle, and start invoking the name of the Goddess...

There are some places where religious speech of any kind is simply inappropriate. Public places (including schools!), mainly. I see religious speech as I see smoking. You want to do it in your own home, or in a sanctioned space, great. Please don't do it around me. I find them both unpalatable."

Sorry. I find your speech unacceptable, and I also would like to compare it to the smell of smoke. What have you been smoking?

Speech is protected. Religious speech is also protected. Live with it.

Schools do not have the right to prohibit students from speaking about what they believe in, or praying, alone or in groups. They are citizens who enjoy the freedom of speech.

Sorry you don't think religious speech is as constitutionally protected as atheistic speech or any other kind of speech.
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