During a village council meeting I was covering last night, the village administrator said he’d been contacted by this church about them holding an open-air morning service in the downtown park. Back and forth discussion ensued among the council members about the interface of “church and state” in regard to allowing this. Then the mayor, who took on sort of a wizard (in the Wizard of Oz) sage-like role, said the U.S. Constitution provides for “peaceable assembly” on public land. He surmised the worship service would, indeed, be ‘peaceable,’ and the park is ‘public land,’ so, huh… I once gave a talk at Greensboro College in North Carolina. I said that while I was for “separation of church and state” the way the founders intended, that didn’t mean, for instance, that you can’t have a politician who, say, pushes for legislation that matches his/her moral compass. In fact, I’d imagine in a sane society that you’d want that.