Democracy or Theocracy – Who Decides? Op-Ed by Dianne Post

Read this 5/7/20 op-ed by Secular AZ’s Legal Director Dianne Post Democracy or Theocracy – Who Decides? on the Blog for Arizona.

‘“The only object, purpose, or use for taxation by law in this state must be exclusively secular. There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter into our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter into our common schools, they would be destroyed.’ (State ex rel Weiss v. Dist. Bd. Of Sch. Dist. No. 8 of Edgerton, 44 N.W. 967, 981 (1890) (Orton, J., concurring).

With this case the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the Wisconsin Constitution prohibited bible readings in the public schools.  They nailed it.

They were only 100 years out from a Constitution that was deliberately secular to avoid the religious wars and persecution the founders had themselves experienced.  Here we are today, more than another 100 years out from that case and now the religious nationalists think they know better what the founders thought. They claim that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation when nothing could be further from the truth.”

Democracy or Theocracy – Who Decides?