The Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin is under fire for his comments supporting the “Bring your Bible to School Day.” This day has been in existence for several years and has offended Edwin Hensley of the Kentucky Chapter for the Freedom from Religion Foundation. According to Katrina Helmer (2017) of WDRB.com, Hensley said:
“It is the favoritism by the governor and the use and abuse of his position to promote his religion that should be stopped,”
Is this a of freedom of speech in the First Amendment or is it denied by the same amendment on separation of church and state?
The history relates to the Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony established churches. The Dutch colony of the New Netherland was very different. They banned all churches except the Dutch Reformed Church.
The question for us is this: What did our founders mean? Could separation of church and state mean establishing a church and banning other religions? Separation or total removal of religious discussion? Your comments are welcome please.