In Indiana, a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against a nativity scene in the public high school’s Christmas Spectacular, saying it endorses or prefers a particular religion. That is debatable, but the statement of the co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation is dead wrong when she says “there can be no freedom of religious belief without freedom from religion.”
Is she celebrating what we used to call in my family “opposite day?” Saying the exact opposite of what the Constitution says? The First Amendment very clearly assures freedom of religion, not freedom from it. In fact, the founders understood that religion had a paramount presence in America and the point of the First Amendment was to protect religion from government, not vice versa.
In our efforts to protect diversity, we are doing the opposite: we are trying to cleanse the public square of every form of diversity, including Christmas.