Friday, April 27, 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha and the First Amendment

She pre-dates the First Amendment but it is being used as a ploy to not grant funding to her shrine.

Officials from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs have turned down a $750 tourism grant from Montgomery County to help pay for the canonization ceremony of Kateri Tekakwitha.
The county Board of Supervisors awarded the grant in February, one of several given to area agencies to promote tourism. County officials believe as many as 5,000 people will come to Auriesville for the ceremony conferring sainthood on Kateri, a member of the Mohawk tribe who was born in 1656 near present-day Auriesville. The ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the shrine.
The grant was part of $11,600 awarded to agencies throughout the county to promote tourism. As soon as the award to the shrine was announced, officials from the Washington D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State began contacting local officials and telling them the grant violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which is widely interpreted to maintain the separation of church and state.

Read the whole thing here.  Blessed Kateri, First Native American Saint, pray for this country.

Hat tip to The Deacon's Bench.

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