Students want to drop 'Christian' from Vermont constitution

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont's state constitution says ''every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe Sabbath or Lord's Day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which, to them, will seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.''

But ninth-graders Sylvie Daley and Dosia Sanford from Marshfield appeared before a state Senate committee to say that wording is anachronistic and should be rewritten.

The students submitted a proposal that says ''all persons have a natural and unalienable right to worship any deity, god, religious entity or supreme being in any way that that they see fit'' so long as this doesn't affect public order and safety.

''We're not anti-Christian,'' Daley said. ''We don't want to get God out of the Constitution. We just want to remove all the references to 'Christian' because Vermont is so much more diverse now.''

The students originated the idea during a civics class project.

Committee members were impressed with the students' presentation but doubted an amendment would be enacted this year.

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