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To: tpaine
You beg the question by claiming that Republican government rules out sectarian forms. The Constitution says no such thing, nor did the Founders.

If it had, then the already established state churches would have been rendered illegal. They weren't because the First amendment was designed not to abolish state established religions but to protect them.

21 posted on 08/19/2004 4:24:50 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Joe, -- States are guaranteed & required to have a Republican Form of Government, which more than "suggests", -- it rules out sectarian forms. -- See Art IV Sec 4.

Thanks for linking to this thread Joe.
Perhaps it will lead others to read more about Thomas, who I believe may mature into the best conservative Justices the Court has ever had.

You beg the question by claiming that Republican government rules out sectarian forms. The Constitution says no such thing, nor did the Founders. If it had, then the already established state churches would have been rendered illegal. They weren't because the First amendment was designed not to abolish state established religions but to protect them.

The 1st "establishment clause" was intended to prevent the establishments of sectarian religions from ruling over the lives of 'We the People', joe

We fought for freedom from such old world concepts.

22 posted on 08/19/2004 5:18:00 PM PDT by tpaine (No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another. - T. Jefferson)
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