It seems self-evident the only way separation of state from church will happen is if each person separates personal hopes from civic needs. And people don’t even know if they’d want their hopes: for example, heaven may entail witnessing what is happening on earth and that continuing experience might be hell. I want to collaborate for personal liberty with civic well-being.
Delegates to the 1787 convention in Philadelphia, appreciating personal liberty, did not impose prayer. However, the first Congress, representing nearly 100 % Christian citizens, restored Protestant morality. Louisianans, in 2016, can establish civic morality--for liberated persons living during the same years in the same land.
History and a civic people may inspire Governor-elect Edwards to assert that his god is in his heart, home, and church: But Louisianans elected Edwards to be civic governor. Perhaps Governor Edwards will challenge the people rather than their gods to provide “ultimate justice.” Louisianans would deliver.