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School prayer is constitutional.

The doctrine of “separation of church and state” is a misinterpretation of the Constitution. The First Amendment prohibition of established religion aims at forbidding all government sponsored coercion of religious conscience. It does not forbid all religious influence upon politics or society. The free exercise of religion means nothing if, in connection with the ordinary events and circumstances of life, individuals are forbidden to act upon their religious faith.
Source: (Cross-ref from Education) www.keyes2000.org/issues/religion Jun 14, 1999

Preferential treatments are wrong and unjust.

In the 1960’s, the civil rights movement sought the assistance of government to enforce the fundamental principle that all men are created equal. But today’s civil rights groups have abandoned that principle in favor of preferential treatment for groups defined by race or sex. This is simply wrong. We cannot cure injustice with another injustice. The Federal government should adopt a simple and fair prohibition of preferences and repeated the principle of non-discrimination.
Source: www.keyes2000.org/issues/affirmativeaction.html 1/6/99 Jan 6, 1999

Against homosexual marriage.

The effort to equate homosexual and lesbian relations with legal marriage represents a destructive assault on the heterosexual, marriage-based family.
Source: www.keyes2000.org/issues/homosexualrights.html 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

Against treating sexual orientation as a civil right.

It is wrong to treat sexual orientation like race. Race is a condition beyond the individual’s control. Sexual orientation involves behavior, especially in response to passion. If we equate sexual orientation and race, we are saying that sexual behavior is beyond the individual’s control and moral will. We cannot embrace such an understanding of civil rights without denying the human moral capacity, and with it the fitness of human beings for life in a free society.
Source: www.keyes2000.org/issues/homosexualrights.html 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

“Hate crime” laws inappropriately punish attitudes

Let’s say a ruthless drug dealer exterminates a person who crossed him up. Put that side by side with a crime that is motivated by racial, or religious bigotry, but with the end result being the deliberate murder of an individual. Should we have two separate standards for these two murders? The proper approach to take toward crimes is to judge the act, not the attitude. The real purpose behind the hate crime legislation movement, however, is to accord to the government the right to punish attitudes.
Source: WorldNetDaily “The trouble with ‘hate crimes’” Oct 16, 1998

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