Neutrality vs. Hostility

I caught the tail-end of a news story on the radio that said that the term ‘God’ had to be stricken from some web-site (according to someone) because of the government’s neutrality on religion. Presumably, the web-site was operated by some government entity in the US. I wondered why government neutrality regarding religion required that the term ‘God’ could not be used on its web site? Is not the government neutral with respect to race? Does this mean that the term ‘African-American’ cannot appear on a government web site? Is not the government neutral with respect to gender? Does this mean that the term ‘woman’ cannot appear on a government web site? What makes religion so different? If it’s not the notion of neutrality, then why base the argument on that? Could it be that the government is not neutral but rather is hostile with respect to religion? As Arsenio Hall used to say “Things that make you go hummm.”

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