The big problem with what Trump just said about religion in schools

By Valerie Strauss

On the day that Washington was riveted by the testimony on Capitol Hill of former FBI director James Comey, President Trump made a speech to a group of religious conservatives during which raised the issue of religion and schools. Here is what he said on June 8, according to a White House transcript:

So we want our pastors speaking out. We want their voices in our public discourse. And we want our children to know the blessings of God. (Applause.) Schools should not be a place that drive out faith and religion, but that should welcome faith and religion with wide, open, beautiful arms. (Applause.) Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right. It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion. (Applause.) Thank you.

It’s no surprise that Trump would say this to the Faith and Freedom Coalition; 80 percent of white evangelicals who voted in the November 2016 selected supported him, and polls show that most of them approve the job he is doing as president.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – It’s no surprise that Trump would say this to the Faith and Freedom Coalition; 80 percent of white evangelicals who voted in the November 2016 selected supported him, and polls show that most of them approve the job he is doing as president.

    Yep! Tell the applauding gullibles whatever they like to hear, and they will be dumb enough to vote for any rip-off which is being perpetrated, and any charlatan who wants to sell them snake-oil!

  2. “Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right.”

    Said greed incarnate.

  3. No mention in the article about the separation of church and state: that’s the problem.

    These gorillas, Trump and Pence, don’t believe in the separation of church and state? Let them move to fucking….wherever… Uganda or Yemen… They can take their white hair, their peckers, and little brains with them, and ban abortions there to their heart’s contents.

    What are we, turning into a Christian theocratic regime?

    Landmark case (1962):

    In an opinion delivered by Justice Hugo Black, the Court ruled that government-written prayers were not to be recited in public schools and were a violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the first amendment. This was decided in a vote of 6-1, but before the decision could be announced, Justice Felix Frankfurter suffered a cerebral stroke that forced him to retire, and Justice Byron White took no part in the case.

    The Court explained the importance of separation between church and state by giving a lengthy history of the issue, beginning with the 16th century in England. It then stated that school’s prayer is a religious activity by the very nature of it being a prayer, and that prescribing such a religious activity for school children violates the Establishment Clause. The program, created by government officials to promote a religious belief, was therefore constitutionally impermissible.

  4. Planetary Paul #2
    Jun 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    “Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right.”

    Said greed incarnate.

    . . . as compartmentalisation and cognitive dissonance, allow greedy, selfish, hypocrites, to make such statements, while their faith-besotted, deeply deluded audiences, applaud, without any flicker of comprehension or irony!

  5. Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and
    giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense
    of what is good and what is right.

    Definitive proof there is no god: Trump would have been a lighting rod for a statement like that!

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