The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States; “prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.’ All you who preach about following the intent of the Constitution; what don’t you get about the separation of Church and State?
Before we begin the discussion of religion, let’s agree on a couple of facts. First, there is no ‘one’ religion. Those who believe in Christianity have slightly different beliefs based on whether they are Catholic, Protestant, members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, (Mormons), or Jehovah Witness. Secondly no one has to be a member of any religion to worship God or pray.
Pew Research reports that in a recent poll, 74 percent of Americans believe religion is losing its influence in the American way of life. 56 percent of the population believe that’s a bad thing.
In his correspondence, the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called for ‘a wall of separation between church and State.’
Here are Jefferson’s words in two separate correspondence:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”
“The ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion to another; the [First Amendment] clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between church and State’ … That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.”
Religious organizations are tax exempt. The primary reason for this exemption is a stipulation that they do not interfere in the governing and politics of the United States. Unfortunately, the reality is that they have been doing just that for years, and openly during the Bush Administration.
The larger religions are extremely wealthy. The Catholics and Mormons own millions of dollars of art treasures, and have constructed monuments made from pure gold. Tithing accounts for the majority of their riches. It’s time they shared in the tax burden of the American people and lose their exemption.
Religions are losing their foothold in the United States. Of those age 18-35, thirty percent claim no religious affiliation; half say they are uncertain that there is a God.
In a real sense, religions are corporations. Corporations seek two things, and only two; money and power. If younger Americans are shunning religions, they could lose a great deal of both.
The power of religions is mind control. America’s youth refuses to live their lives as instructed by other men and women.
So, what don’t you get about the separation of church and state? It appears that some Americans actually believe in the Constitution.