February 9, 2005

WOULD GOVERNOR WARNER RATHER MAKE HIMSELF NOT VIABLE IN THE 2008 PRIMARIES OR THE GENERAL?

Amendment on prayer in schools clears panel (TYLER WHITLEY, February 5, 2005, Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH)

A proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would allow prayer and religious activity in public schools and on public property cleared its first legislative hurdle yesterday.

A House of Delegates committee approved it 14-6. At the same meeting, the Privileges and Elections Committee also approved and sent to the House floor a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Del. Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Grayson, said the "religious-freedom amendment" is needed because prayer in schools is being blocked by "one or two people" in schools who raise separation of church and state objections to keep people from expressing their religious beliefs.

The proposed measure would amend the religious-freedom provisions of the Virginia Constitution to permit religious expression, including prayer and "religious beliefs, heritage and traditions" on public property, including schools.

Some conservative Christian groups have argued that U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have barred prayer in schools amount to a prohibition against the free exercise of religion.

"There have been attempts to discriminate against Christians and take out 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance," Carrico said in arguing for approval.

Carrico cited an example from his career as a state trooper as a reason the amendment is needed. He said he was asked, because he was a trooper, to talk to teenagers before a school prom about the dangers of drinking and sex. He said he used a David and Goliath analogy about overcoming challenges and was criticized for citing religion in a school talk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2005 10:32 PM
Comments

Watch out - wedge incoming!

Posted by: Luciferous at February 10, 2005 1:32 PM

If Warner's lucky, Virginia is like some (many?) other states in which a constitutional amendment cannot be vetoed and goes to the voters for approval...

Posted by: jsmith at February 10, 2005 10:51 PM

I cannot believe the Democrats would be reduced to running a parasite like Warner for President, but then they ran Edwards for VP and he is almost as much of a barnicle.

Posted by: Bart at February 11, 2005 6:30 AM
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