Why is Bexar County Commissioners Court spending tax payer money on a statue that the sculptor acknowledges is dedicated to Plethora, a pagan goddess? What happened to the separation of church and state in which the government is precluded from establishing a religion. Paganism is a religion. Does this project favor one religion over another (especially in which the City of St. Anthony expands across the majority of Bexar County and was established in 1718, 300 years ago, after Fransiscan Christian Priests established an informal community in 1709 with the first of five Missions after arriving in 1691). Moreover, the sculptor who is based in Barcelona, not even the United States, has decided that a different medal is required instead of what he originally proposed that will increase the project’s cost to twice as much as BCCC approved for the project. While the BC Judge’s office has stated the County won’t spend any more tax payer money on the project, doesn’t it make one wonder why property taxes continue to skyrocket to cover more government waste.
The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another.
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