Posts tagged "separation of church and state"

Thanksgiving: Is an official government holiday to thank God still OK?

Thanking God is considered to be a private act, so what business does government have creating an official holiday–Thanksgiving–specifically to thank God? Does the First Amendment prohibit the government establishment of religion and guarantee the separation of church and state? Considering the secularism and the growing hostility that’s increasing gripping the country, the question is inevitable,... Read more »

Atheist group: when it comes to religion in the military, don't ask.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell,” no longer is the U.S. policy when it comes to gays in the military. But now, another “don’t ask” policy may be on the horizon. An outfit called the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers wants to stop the military from asking recruits to identify their religion or if they have... Read more »

Catholics against the world

At least that’s how it felt after looking at the response on the Tribune’s website to my Tuesday column , “Quinn’s quandary:  Faith or public service?” In it I defended the Catholic bishops’ right to criticize Gov.Pat Quinn for attending a fund-raiser and giving support to Personal PAC, a rigidly pro-choice funder of rigidly pro-choice... Read more »
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Gov. Pat Quinn's quandary on abortion

Faith versus public service Gov. Pat Quinn’s planned appearance Thursday at the pro-choice Personal PAC annual awards luncheon is a sharp stick in the eye of his professed faith, and Illinois’ Catholic bishops have every right to poke back. The bishops, including Chicago Cardinal Francis George, questioned the collaboration of Quinn, a Catholic, with the organization. “We do... Read more »
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