When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

                           Benjamin Franklin

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Americans for Religious Liberty: Which vision for America?

Americans today must choose between two quite different visions of what our society should be. In one, sectarian special interests would -

Tear down the constitutional wall of separation between church and state, eroding the religious liberty and privacy rights of all Americans.

Tax all citizens for the support of sectarian private schools.

Replace healthy pluralism with religious conformity.

Downgrade free democratic public education, and destroy the religious neutrality of our public schools through government-sponsored devotions, the intrusion of religious doctrines (such as "creationism") in science classes, textbook censorship, and allowing sectarian missionaries into schools.

Seriously weaken freedom of conscience by imposing sectarian medico/moral codes on all women by law.

Change the Constitution to undermine the First Amendment.

The other vision, that of tens of millions of Americans of all persuasions, is much closer to the ideals of the Founders of our nation. In this vision -

Government is secular (i.e., religiously neutral); the principle of separation of church and state is strictly observed; public funds are not used for sectarian purposes or institutions; freedom of religion is equally guaranteed to all.

All children are entitled to free, high-quality, democratic, religiously-neutral public education.

Individuals have the right and responsibility to make their own moral decisions, and privacy rights are maximized; women are protected in their right to decide by themselves if and when to bear children.

Science education in public schools is rigorously scientific and undiluted by pseudoscience or sectarian religion; social studies stress democratic values, good citizenship, the importance of morality and free inquiry; religion is studied objectively as part of human culture.

Freedom of thought, inquiry, expression, association, and access to information and ideas is maximized; common sense, reason, science, free inquiry and democratic processes are honored.

Americans for Religious Liberty - P.O.Box 6656 - Silver Spring, MD 20916
Telephone: 301-460-1111 - Email: arlinc@verizon.net