Political Views: Religous Rights
I believe in the complete separation of Church and State (i.e. secularity of government and freedom of religious exercise) and believe the every United States citizen should be guaranteed both the freedom of and freedom from religion.
I believe in the complete separation of church and public schools. Religious activities and religious ideals should neither be condoned nor condemned by public education. In other words, the government should take a neutral position. I strongly disagree with any movement that seeks to place/require religious texts in public school systems, establish prayer in public education, or masquerade religious doctrine as scientific theory (i.e. creationism). However, I do believe that schools should make reasonable attempts to respect the religious beliefs of their students (i.e. allow a student an excused absences to celebrate an important religious holidays, allow individual, silent, personal prayer, allow the formation of unfunded religious organizations, etc.).
I believe that posting the ten commandments or other religious texts, symbols, icons, etc. on public and/or government property is a violation of the right to freedom from religion. Government property and public places should not be used to display favoritism for one religion over another nor should they be used to advocate one religion's ideology over another. However, I do believe that churches, private schools, and individuals should have the right to display the ten commandments or other religious texts, symbols, icons, etc. on their own private property.
I believe that Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee should be required to remove language included in their respective Bill of Rights, Declaration of Rights, and/or constitutions that require state office-holders to have particular religious beliefs.
I believe that private, voluntary, prayer meetings at government organization outside of duty hours, silent, voluntary prayer at meals in U.S. armed forces, inclusion of the (optional) phrase "so help me God" in the oaths for many elected offices, FBI agents, etc., do not violate the right to freedom from religion since all are optional and fall within the realm of free exercise of religion.
I believe that printing "In God We Trust" on US money is a violation of the freedom from religion as it displays favoritism toward certain religions (monotheistic religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc) other others (polytheistic religions such as Hinduism or non-religions like Buddhism) and advocates a specific religious ideology (trust in a single divine being). I also believe that "under God" should be removed from the pledge of allegiance.