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To secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of
conscience: The people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs,
heritage, or traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be
infringed. The Government shall not require any person to join in prayer or
other religious activity, initiate or designate school prayers, discriminate
against religion, or deny equal access to a benefit on account of religion.
WHEREAS this amendment would overturn decades of judicial decisions
interpreting the establishment of religion clause of the First Amendment as
prohibiting state-sponsored school prayer, religious displays on government
property, or other religious activities or expression under government auspices;
WHEREAS the effect of this amendment would be endorsement of a particular
religious perspective in and by schools and other public institutions with
resultant disparagement of other religious views and intimidation of school
children and others of a differing religious outlook; and
WHEREAS the amendment is intended to authorize large scale diversion of
public funds to sectarian schools and other institutions;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1997 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association encourages its US member societies and individual
Unitarian Universalists to work with the Unitarian Universalist Association's
Washington Office to oppose this proposed constitutional amendment and urge
representatives in the Congress to oppose its approval by the House and Senate
and subsequent referral to the States.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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