Editor’s observe: The U.S. Structure, not the Bible, is our founding doc

A person—sporting a purple wig and dressed as a girl—uncovered harmless kids to books, with phrases and illustrations, at two Reno libraries in June.

It was a literary bloodbath. The horror, the horror!

Not less than that’s the way in which the Washoe County Republican management sees drag queen story hour, the topic of Zoe Dixon’s story on this problem of the RN&R. GOP bosses spurred protesters to attend native authorities conferences, though these panels don’t have anything to do with library occasions. A few of the demonstrators at a June story time cited Previous Testomony references to bolster their objections.

Whereas it’s their constitutional proper to tout their religious beliefs within the public sq., the identical First Modification additionally separates church and state. We’ve no official faith. All People have the proper to worship, or not, as they please.

Greater than 100 mother and father and their children flocked to the summer season’s first drag queen story hour. Mother and father make the choices to attend; another person’s interpretation of their very own faith isn’t related. That goes double for abortion, contraception, LGBTQ+ points and different secular political debates.

Polls present the American folks agree. A PEW Analysis Heart survey in 2019 that discovered almost two-thirds of U.S. adults imagine church buildings and different homes of worship ought to keep out of politics. People, after all, are free to precise any political positions they need, however folks shouldn’t delude themselves in considering that their religion must be imposed on anybody else.

On this nation, whether or not you might be an evangelical Christian or have taken solemn vows in a convent populated by drag queen nuns, you have got zero standing to demand that others imagine what you imagine, or reside the way in which you do.

Right here, freedom from faith has equal footing with freedom of faith. Those that favor a theocracy can transfer to Afghanistan.