People frequently cite “Separation of Church and State” when they see something like that, but those words are not even in the Constitution.
They were written in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist. In this letter, he assured them that they were going to be allowed to worship God in any way that they saw fit. Read the full letter here
Many also cite the first amendment in these discussions, but the first amendment also gives us Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press in order to interpret it consistently you would have to say that you were not allowed to say or write anything while in school. That is clearly not what our Constitution meant to do.
At some point you’ve probably heard an opinion of yours about morality, religion, or politics summarily dismissed with a reaction like: “You only say that because you’re a _____!” or “That’s just an excuse for _______.” Frustrating, isn’t it? If you’ve supplied reasons for your position, they don’t tackle those reasons. They just assume you’re wrong and purport to explain, usually in terms unflattering to you, why you make your error. What many might not realize, however, is that this action is a fallacy known as Bulverism. The name was coined by C.S. Lewis in an essay included in his widely read collection God in the Dock. In essence, Bulverism is a toxic hybrid of two better-known fallacies: petitio principii (begging the question) and ad hominem (impugning one’s opponent’s character without addressing his argument).
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Before we get to what I want to say, we must learn a little about Clara Williams.
Clara Belle Drisdale was born in Plum, Texas in 1885. Although the Civil War ended twenty years prior to her birth, life was still difficult for black citizens. Segregation laws were in place across the country, including in schools and colleges. Despite many obstacles placed in front of her, Clara had a deep love of learning. In 1903, she attended Prairie View Normal and Independent College (now Prairie View A&M University) in Prairie View, Texas, and graduated as valedictorian of her 1908 class with a certificate in teaching.
Clara had a lot holding her back. The child of sharecroppers (dirt poor), a female before woman’s rights, and a black before the civil rights movement. Yet she accomplished a lot! Why was she able to accomplish so much? My guess is that she did not see herself as a victim. She was a human being responsible for her own destiny. She did not let her troubles stop her.
Today blacks and women have so much more than she had, yet they are being told that they are victims and will never be able to accomplish their dreams because they are being held back. I say that is crazy! If she as a black woman living in a day when slavery was still a first-hand memory for many could accomplish so much, you can too. Don’t let those who want you to believe that you are a victim hold you back. Be all that you can be!