When they take the word "God" out of our Pledge of Allegiance and a school gets sued, and someone actually takes it to court, for having 8 seconds of silence before classes for personal reflection, meditation and/or prayer.
You know the word God was added the the pledge of allegiance in the 1950s? It goes against the original intention of the pledge, which was to praise you democratic and SECULAR origins. It's a product of McCarthy era extremism.
It's up to each state as it should be.
I read the responses / what you had said so far so if the answer seems oddly specific that's why. While I respect the answer about leaving it up to the states that Wufpackj gave, I think that protecting rights, and the even access to freedoms, is one of the primary purposes for the sovereignty of the Federal government, so for something to do with the first amendment I think that state by state leanings should not play a role. I think the role of the federal government in the separation of church and state is to insure that the religious views of those in power are not forced upon the minority, which is why I think leaving it to the states would be disastrous. No state in the union is religiously homogenous, so religion being propigated by any part of the state federal or local government is inappropriate.
I understand legal variation between states, a was just saying that I think in the instance of separation of church and state federally insured freedom should take precedence over state tradition and culture, not vice versa, the same way it thru led state tradition in the Civil Rights movement,
when the state treats a church differently than any other business
I believe in the idea, but have yet to see it effectively put into practice
I think my church has crossed that line.......!!!!!!
The line is crossed any time any government authority says or does anything to promote any particular religion over any other. the US federal government crossed that line when they put the words "under god" in the pledge of allegiance and the words "in god we trust" on our money to mention two, there have been many.
It's not all one sided the line is crossed any time a religious authority tries to guide it's followers to one political party or candidate. Or preaches politics from the pulpit or contributes it's tax exempt collections to a political cause.
i haven't had enough personal problems with this for an answer to come to me easily