Geographic distribution of major world religions (Click on map for larger map in new window)

While ruling that NO opening prayers would be allowed in the chambers of the Island County Commissioners, some revelations revealed themselves.

Jill Johnson is adamantly NOT “willing to sit through a prayer to another god or a “watered down god“”. I can hardly think of a better example of someone who is religiously intolerant and who views her own religious belief to be supreme.

Helen Price-Johnson claims that such an opening prayer is simply NOTallowed under state constitution“, despite the fact that such prayers occur in Olympia at the Washington State House of Representatives. People who have “false beliefs about what is taking place” suffer from psychosis.

It’s apparent that NEITHER of these “Johnson” gals actually understand very much about the 1st and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution. From the Cornell University Law School:

“The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference…Furthermore, the Court has interpreted, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as protecting the rights in the First Amendment from interference by state governments…

Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the “separation of church and state.” Some governmental activity related to religion has been declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. For example, providing bus transportation for parochial school students and the enforcement of “blue laws” is not prohibited. The free exercise clause prohibits the government, in most instances, from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion.

The most basic component of freedom of expression is the right of freedom of speech. The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government. The Supreme Court requires the government to provide substantial justification for the interference with the right of free speech where it attempts to regulate the content of the speech.”

Oh, these concepts also escape the grasp of folks such as Thomas D. Smith and Nels Kelstrom.

Our Darkest Secrets: Religious Prejudice in America

(Created by some middle school students).