Albany, New York (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
New York Constitution, Article I, Section 3 (1938)
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed in this state to all humankind.
You folk in New York should remind your lawmakers of this. I have a strong feeling it’s been forgotten or overlooked, but I’ll let you be the judge.
On that note, I think I’ll send a shout-out to my New Yorker friend at Beauty Beyond Bones 🙂
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Boston, Massachusetts (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1780)
We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the universe…in the course of His Providence, an opportunity…and devoutly imploring His direction.
What’s that? Talk of a Lawgiver? The Great Legislator? And what’s this “devoutly imploring” talk? Do they mean prayer? For crying out loud! This was 1780! Hadn’t they been informed about the “wall of separation” between Church and State?
Jefferson didn’t write that letter to the Danbury Baptists until 1802, you say?
I guess there must have been a lot of unconstitutional praying for guidance until Jefferson set them straight, eh?
Or, do you think the founding fathers of Massachusetts knew the Constitution better than the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF)?