I think we can handle the Methodists, should it become necessary.
That's why I don't cower in fear of a concept we call Freedom of Religion. Or, out of some kind of angst, pretend that the Bill of Rights or the Constitution says something - anything - about "separation of church and state" or "freedom from religion."
In fact, I believe our government should actively nurture and support our many participants in it.
Freedom of expression, especially our right to express our faith in our God through worship, is one of our most treasured, most fundamental rights. We should defend it. Celebrate it. Promote it in the public square. All faiths. All expressions.
As I've said before, and the Wall Street Journal makes clear this morning:
Cleansing the ACLUNow, about the College of William & Mary and its decision to banish that Christian cross to a locked showcase ...
Michigan and the case of Muslim footbaths.
The latest battle of religion in the public square is unfolding in Dearborn, Michigan, a city with one of the highest Muslim populations in the country. At the University of Michigan's local campus, administrators have recently refitted several school bathrooms to include small footbaths in the corner--an accommodation for Muslim students who must perform ritual washing as part of their daily observance.
For our part, we see no reason to object to University of Michigan's gesture to some of its Muslim students. Freedom of religion has never meant freedom from religion, and making it easier for people of different backgrounds to practice their faiths is a perfectly American thing to do. Many schools have chapels on campus, a fact that bothers very few. And few places object to kosher offerings in school cafeterias--an accommodation for Jewish students causing no inconvenience to others. (link)
And that Mt. Soledad cross that has been in place for nearly a century ...
And that portrait of Jesus that adorned a wall in a public school in West Virginia for forty years ...
And the Seattle airport that removed a Christmas tree last December for being offensive to ... somebody ...
What are they afraid of? A putsch by the Methodists?