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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

NC State mistakes NBA Hall of Famer David Thompson for other Wolfpack alum

first_imgThompson, a 6-4 guard, averaged 26.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his three seasons at NC State. He went on to become the No. 1 pick in the 1975 NBA Draft and four-time All-Star. His 73-point performance against the Pistons in 1978 tied Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth most ever scored by an NBA player in a single game.Michael Jordan himself handpicked Thompson to present him when he was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2009.Needless to say, this was a huge blunder for the Wolfpack. They’ll get a chance at redemption against rival UNC on Tuesday. Nothing went right for NC State on Saturday.The Wolfpack only scored 24 points in a historically poor scoring effort against Virginia Tech. During the game, NC State attempted to recognize Wolfpack legend and NBA Hall of Famer David Thompson in the stands. Instead, it aired a picture of Ernie Meyers, another former NC State player. “Same height,” Myers told the News & Observer. “Not the same talent.”Myers played for the Wolfpack from 1982-1986, averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Related News Kansas rips NCAA decision to declare Silvio De Sousa ineligible through next seasonlast_img read more

Worker Loses Arm in Freak Accident at Fort Lauderdale Construction Site

first_imgA construction worker had an arm severed when he fell at a Fort Lauderdale job site.The incident happened as an elevator came down Thursday afternoon, rescue officials say.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said they responded just before 3 p.m. to the downtown site off NE 7th Street and 4th Ave.When paramedics arrived, they discovered that a 39-year-old man had been working on the 6th floor when he fell to the 5th floor, next to an elevator shaft. The elevator was coming down at the time and severed his arm.Construction workers were able to pull the man safely down to the ground floor, and paramedics brought him to Broward Health to be treated for his injuries.Fire officials say he was alert when transported to the hospital, and was to undergo surgery late Thursday.Alta Developers said the man is an employee of L&R Structural, a subcontractor working at EON II Flagler Village, a multifamily development that is under construction.“Safety is a top priority at every one of our projects,” Juan Carlos Freyre, executive VP of the development company, said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor this situation and his condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual and his family.”last_img read more