From James McGrath at Exploring Our Matrix:
I am glad that fundamentalists are finally being a bit more honest about what they mean by “God.”
They clearly do not mean an omnipresent being who cannot be excluded
from any place. It’s quite a different notion from that encountered on
more than one occasion in the Psalms, for instance. The ancient
Israelite author never said “Where shall I go to flee from your
presence? I know – a public school!” And in the Book of Jonah, the main
character’s attempt to flee from the one who he himself says “made the
sea and the dry land” on a boat is depicted as a fool’s errand.
And could you imagine any ancient Israelite or Christian author taking
seriously the notion that God could be kept out of somewhere?
But even though creating laws that exclude a real and omnipresent God
from public school would be utterly futile, there are in fact no such
laws in the United States.
What is excluded is the use of state power and influence to promote religion in general or some sectarian religious dogma in particular.
Read the rest here.