November 6, 2009
Re " 'Spiritual healthcare' comes to Congress," Nov. 3 Regarding "spiritual healthcare" as part of the healthcare reform bill, doesn't that violate the principle of church-state separation? I mean, if the Christian Science Church can receive my tax dollars for prayer healing, why can't the local diocese, synagogue, mosque or Baptist church? A. Dunn San Diego -- It's absolutely outrageous that Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) has inserted a provision into the healthcare bill that would allow federal reimbursement for spiritual treatment -- also known as prayer.
November 3, 2009 |
Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses. The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy -- both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist. The measure would put Christian Science prayer treatments -- which substitute or supplement medical treatments -- on the same footing as clinical medicine.
February 24, 2009 |
In a case that could reshape the doctrine of separation of church and state, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether a cross to honor fallen soldiers can stand in a national preserve in California. The case will give the Roberts court its first chance to rule directly on the 1st Amendment's ban on "an establishment of religion."
December 21, 2008
Like Thomas Jefferson, we believe that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution erects a "wall of separation" between church and state. Government punches through that wall when it requires official prayers in public schools or bestows tax dollars on churches -- or when it tries to prevent believers from practicing their faith.
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September 24, 2005 |
Who asked, "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Was it Cain, Noah, Abel or King David?) What happened on the road to Damascus? (A: Jesus was crucified. B: Mary met an angel of the Lord. C: St. Paul was blinded by a vision from God. D: Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.) Only a third of the American teenagers in a nationwide Gallup poll last year correctly answered the first question, attributing the quote from Genesis to Cain.
September 26, 2001 |
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide this term whether taxpayer money can be used to pay for children to attend religious schools. The voucher case offers an early legal test of President Bush's faith-based initiative. The president wants public funds to flow to religious charities, but the Supreme Court in the past has said the Constitution forbids direct public funding of religious institutions. The outcome of the case also may shape the future of school reform.