Separation of Church and Mail

Observed: The counter people at the local post office dressed as a nun and a priest the day before Halloween.

Part of me feels like that’s wrong but part of me also feels like any sort of fuss would ultimately be much ado bout nothing.


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26 thoughts on “Separation of Church and Mail

  1. “Separation of Church and State,” or more formally the Establishment Clause and the conceptual limitation of governmental power which that clause communicates, does not require that the government feign ignorance of the existence of religion or religious institutions, nor does it compel the government to prohibit its employees from engaging in religious expression or activities because those employees retain their rights of free speech and free exercise notwithstanding Federal employment.

    In my opinion, the Establishment Clause requires that the Federal government not endorse one religious view over others. A postal employee dressed in religious garb on a day when the dress code is relaxed to allow Halloween costumes would not be interpreted by a reasonable non-Catholic person interacting with that governmental employee as an endorsement of Catholicism by the government.

    TL/DR: Come on. It’s Halloween.

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  2. I suppose someone could argue that dressing as a nun for Halloween, not just a sister of perpetual indulgence, as a government worker would be similar to dressing in black face. I’m not going to make that argument but I could see how someone could get their panties twisted.

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  3. I think you can probably argue that choosing such unoriginal costumes is unconstitutional.

    And even if it’s not technically against the framework document, I think you can make a case that the Founding Fathers would have surely come up with something more clever and topical.

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