Melissa Bailey of the must read New Haven Independent reports on a Lieberman campaign event, where he said the following:
The senator won further support in response to a local Democrat who weighed in on the problem of school violence. “I think it all started when we stopped allowing God in the schools,” said Robert Limoncelli.
In stark contrast with many Democrats outside the South, Lieberman agreed with the man that religion had been improperly removed from schools.
Referencing the words of a priest, he said, “If you take religion and God out of the public square … it’s not going to remain empty. Something else will fill it up. It’ll be the junk that’s, and the entertainment culture, or something else.”
“The constitution promises freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” Lieberman continued. (Bailey)
But it must. The one is part of the other.
The amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." If a boy or girl wishes to follow no religion, to be free of religion, then the state has no business establishing religion--any religion--at a state-funded and run school.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, in his concurrance to the 1963 Supreme Court ruling on Abington School District v. Schempp, said the following:
Establishment of a religion can be achieved in several ways. The church and state can be one; the church may control the state or the state may control the church; or the relationship may take one of several possible forms of a working arrangement between the two bodies.
The vice of all such arrangements under the Establishment Clause is that the state is lending its assistance to a church's efforts to gain and keep adherents.
Lieberman seems to be lurching further and further to the right the longer the general election campaign drags on. I wonder if he has always thought this way?
Bailey, Melissa. "Lieberman Pledges to Notch Babies & Religion-in-School Advocates." New Haven Independent 1 November, 2006.
School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania, et al. v. Schempp et al. 374 U.S. 203; 83 S. Ct. 1560; 10 L. Ed. 2d 844; 1963 U.S. LEXIS 2611