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Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

States to get funds from Centre for developing sport they’ve adopted: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry will assist and fund states in achieving excellence in “one or two sports” that they have adopted in accordance to the ‘One State One Sport’ policy, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.He said this in a meeting with sports ministers and senior officials of 18 states and union territories through video conference. Representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal participated in what is the first of a two-day conference, the second leg of which will be held on Wednesday. The states are to adopt sports in which it has “traditionally been strong”. Additionally the ministry also said that Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) will be set up in each state. “Our ministry will assist and fund the states in the endeavour to achieve excellence in one or two sports,” Rijiju said. “The KISCEs will become the nodal centre for a particular sport where athletes can be groomed at world-class facilities for Olympics. States can also choose to train athletes in other sports, including traditional sports, but the focus should be on one or two disciplines.” The representatives of the states said that setting up of “1000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help to not just tap into local talent, but also create a culture of sport in the country.” Rijiju further stated that the participation of states in activities related to the ‘Fit India Movement’ have been encouraging, with more than 2.5 lakh schools across India enrolling to become Fit India Schools. “I request all state and UT governments to take active part in including all schools in their states and UTs to register as Fit India schools so that fitness becomes a way of life for youngsters,” he said. IANS Also watch: Unable to Make Ends Meet, Uber Driver Turns Vegetable Vendorlast_img read more

Video: Gareth Bale’s cracker to down former employers Tottenham in Audi Cup

first_imgGareth Bale is set for a big season at Real Madrid, and he underlined why on Wednesday as he came back to haunt former side Tottenham in the Audi Cup.The Welsh forward pounced on a poor pass by Nabil Bentaleb to smash home from 25 yards, clinching a 2-0 victory for the Spanish giants in the pre-season tournament in Munich.Bale has been linked heavily with a move to Manchester United, but reiterated following the game that he is happy in Madrid and is hoping to assume a more central role this season.Real’s win means they will play Bayern Munich in the competition’s finale after Robert Lewandowski inspired the Bavarians to an easy win over AC Milan in the other semi-final.last_img read more