I received this letter from the ACLU today and I wanted to share this with anyone who cares to read it. I have long believed this topic to be a disturbing part of the American political fabric.
Your religious beliefs are your business and has no place in politics.
Dear ACLU Supporter,
“Extremism” isn’t just some vague notion or talking point for media pundits. It’s very real, it’s very dangerous, and right now, it’s taking root in communities all across America.
From the grandmother who can’t adopt her grandchild because she is gay to the student singled out in his grade school class for expressing his religious beliefs, the consequences of this extremism -- if left unchecked -- can have devastating impacts.
The ACLU is taking on these extremist forces at every turn and in every state. But we need you to be there by our side. Be a part of our Acting Together: 100,000 Gifts Campaign and send a powerful message: we won’t let extremists use the power of the government to impose one narrow view of morality on the rest of us.
If you believe religion has no place in our government, take action. There are real consequences to letting extremism gain a foothold in our communities. As just one example, before the ACLU brought suit in federal court, the public school students of Cheatham County, Tennessee were taught that the United States is a “Christian nation,” that the separation of church and state doesn’t exist, and that there’s no such thing as an atheist. Only by having a strong ACLU across the country can we stop this kind of abuse.
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