The Appalachian

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

Back to Article
Back to Article

Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






In 2018, the North Carolina legislature got away with violating the Constitution.

Senate Bill 99, or SL 2018-5, was a budget proposed in May and passed by the legislature in June after Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill.

The bill was vetoed for a number of reasons, but a big one is that it violates the separation of church and state by allocating $250,000 to an explicitly Christian organization.

The organization, Cross Trail Outfitters, was given this money “for the purposes of promoting wellness and physical activity for youth ages seven to 20 years of age.”

This seems all well and good, but according to Cross Trail’s website, its purpose is “guiding the next generation to Christ through the outdoors.” The website also says the organization is about providing an environment “in which participants can grow in knowledge and reverence of God.”

There’s a separation of church and state for a reason. The government showing favor to any religious group potentially opens the door to discrimination or unfair treatment of other religions.

Cross Trail Outfitters, as an organization, seems to be doing something good for kids. Whether you are Christian or not, the organization’s heart is in the right place. However, the organization should not be receiving taxpayer dollars.

What the North Carolina State Legislature did is illegal. The Constitution is the highest law of the U.S. This willful subversion sets a dangerous precedent going forward that so long as it’s for the right reason, it’s fine.

But the “right reason” is subjective, and everyone has their own version of what is right. That’s why holding to the law is so important, and that’s why the North Carolina State Legislature is utterly in the wrong.

Any good that comes out of the use of this money will be tainted. The ends don’t justify the means, and the way something is executed is just as important as the intention and the outcome.

1 Comment

One Response to “Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State”

  1. Chris Hughes on January 25th, 2019 1:09 pm

    I do not believe that the money should have been given to any organization, Christian or non-Christian, but I would love for you to reference which article of the Constitution specifies a “Separation of Church and State”. You cannot violate the Constitution if the violation is not listed in the Constitution. Thank you.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: William Barr

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Pre-existing conditions

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Pabst Blue Ribbon sales

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Reopening the government

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Confederate Monuments

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Undocumented immigration

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Dealing with depression and anxiety

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Parking in Boone

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: No more guns

  • Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

    Columns

    Q’s Corner: Tread on me, don’t cap the state income tax

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Appalachian State University
Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State