The First Amendment is a model of simplicity: ”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It refers, of course, to the Federal government.
In her fifth paragraph the editor would have us believe that our pursuit of our religion is to be completely private. A cursory reading of the amendment shows that view to be a stretch.
In the United States, we have Federal, State, and Local governments. Each has its own sphere of influence. All powers not lawfully contained within the Constitution are reserved to “the People” by the Tenth Amendment. This means, in short, that if “we the people” do not want our local government meetings to be opened with prayer, we can petition them to not do so.
Mr. LibDem, I would suggest that Obamacare is working as intended. Mr. Plato, most of those eight million you refer to are now covered under MedicAid. More than that number lost their insurance (remember's Obama's famous promise, "If you like your healthcare insurance, you can keep it?") because of provisions within the 2,000+ page law. Others had to change from the doctor they liked (you may remember Obama's other famous promise: "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.") to another. And there are countless young folks who are paying a penalty rather than buying a policy they can't afford and don't want. You guys don't seem to be paying attention. I could mention the 17.5 Trillion Dollar national debt, but I won't.