Valentine's day and religious conflict Sponsored link. To many people, Valentine's Day is one of those nice warm fuzzy times of the year -- a totally innocuous celebration which honors love and romance.
However, the day does celebrate love, and love can be related to erotic and sexual behavior. Some faith groups are quite concerned that sexual activity be strictly limited to within heterosexual marriages.
Some groups around the world have observed this day in non-traditional, sometimes violent or argumentative ways. Some recent and one not so recent conflicts over Valentine's Day are listed below. All but one seem to contain a component of religious conflict: Perhaps the least traditional celebration of Valentine's Day happened in Chicago.
Five men, dressed in police uniforms, lined up seven gang members in a garage and killed them in a hail of bullets.
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Al Capone was blamed for the Massacre, even though he was in Florida at the time. The crime has never been solved. However, the execution format of this crime shocked the American public.
Some blamed Prohibition as the cause of the violence, and began to favor its repeal. Religion in the public schools: He works for the Rutherford Institute, a Fundamentalist Christian legal group.
He discussed the case of Jennifer Bachhus, a 3rd grade student in a public school in Wisconsin.
The assignment was to express what love meant to each of them. Jennifer was a Christian, and she put this message on her card: That clause involves religion; it states: Many school officials still believe that public schools should be religion-free zones because of the principle of separation of church and state.
They don't seem to be aware that the free exercise clause applies to persons of all ages. Students don't lose their civil rights when they enter a public school campus.
Fortunately, these conflicts are easy to resolve. A letter of phone call from a lawyer will usually fix the problem. Gays, lesbians and their supporters celebrated the first "National Freedom to Marry Day.
The day was "held in support of the struggle to allow same-sex couples access to civil marriage. Gatherings in large and small communities, with symbolic weddings, city hall ceremonies, and other events" were held.
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