The one thing I dislike about writing this column is having to repeat myself. Unfortunately, the irrational and illogical continue to rise from the ashes of their previous defeats.
Therefore, I will now discuss a subject I wrote about over a year ago. Not because I have to, but to confront the same ignorance and prejudice that is the underlying cause of this controversy.
For those who may have forgotten, Cranston West High School has a banner within its gym that contains the following words; ”Our Heavenly Father”, and “Amen.” In addition, the phrase “grant us”, is an obvious appeal to the supernatural.
Now, I am all for debate, that is the foundation for finding truth. It is with sadness that I find the local discussion to be the result of what is expected by national pundits. This is where reason becomes second place to zealotry. However zealotry, cannot replace constitutional law. The foundation of our laws are found in the U.S Constitution, both the original body of the document and the Bill of Rights. This is where we can find the answer whether or not hanging the banner in a public school is constitutional.
In part two, we will examine how religion is addressed in the constitution. Further, we will examine if religion is completely taboo within the public school system.