Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Religious Freedom Quotable

The following is an excerpt from the amicus brief of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty McCreary County, Kentucky, et al. v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, et al. The Ten Commandment display case is before the Supreme Court.

“Government speech often involves cultural expression, in the form of public monuments, memorials, festivals, and others. And in a society like ours, where religious freedom and diversity are such cherished values, the variety of religious views and the ensuing debate among them inform and energize the broader culture in meaningful ways,” the brief explains. “Rather than require that these religious elements be targeted for special exclusion from government expression, our Constitution requires only that they not privilege one religion over others, or privilege the religious over the secular."

"In short, if government is to mark and make room for cultural expression generally—and one can scarcely conceive of a government that does not—some government expressions will necessarily include religious elements.”