March 04, 2023
THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE by White Buffalo
The SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE has been a hot topic for quite some time. There has never truly been any solid reason for a change in the present writing of the constitution. It’s not sure whether the average citizen knows enough about the first amendment to make that decision. The issue here is clearly whether we as a society want to tamper with the fundamental rights of every American citizen.
The separation of church and state does not have to do with just stopping prayer in school or having the Ten Commandments outside of government buildings but it deals with something much deeper then that. One of the reasons people migrate to this country is for a better life for themselves and their families. One of their main desires is to live free. The Founding Fathers understood the need for liberty.
The first Amendment states;
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…..
The First Amendment in no way implies there is a separation of church and state. Some may argue that the constitution was established on Biblical principles but there is no solid proof that the founding fathers even studied the bible. The constitution does not make preference to any one religion over another. The First Amendment refers to citizens having the right of total religious liberty. This means the right to practice any religion without the interference of the state or federal government.
The government does not have the right to establish churches of any national religious faith. This allows even governing body to exercise religious freedom during sessions. I am not pro- separation nor am I anti-separation. I am in favor of citizens being able to exercise basic human rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this case it is freedom of religious rights.
The First Amendment protects every American from imprisonment for their religious belief. It protects unbelievers from being forced to support church or religion financially. Because we have religious freedom, citizens are not forced to worship any particular faith to maintain their freedom. These are rights that citizens of other countries do not have. These rights we exercise each and every day with out thinking.
The First Amendment does not deny families from teaching their children their family’s beliefs. It does protect students from being excluded because of their religious beliefs. Therefore neither the state nor government has the right to choose religion for our youngest citizens. Nor can the government punish citizens for their lack of commitment to their religion and or faith.
Do not be deceived the views presented are merely to clear up misconceptions and myths about the phrase separation of church and state. The First Amendment was to allow individuals the right to reverence God (The Creator) any way they choose. Even the Founding Fathers understood that this right was worth protecting.
It is clear that this country was founded by men of great faith. It is not known exactly what their religious beliefs were; nevertheless they all saw the need to establish this basic human liberty for all its citizens.