Church and State CANNOT be Separated
by Hardeep Chawla
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
It is my hope that this statement is never forgotten. This statement allows us to do so much with our lives. We have the freedoms to think, speak, believe, act, do and be whatever we want to be. What a beautiful statement that our country was founded upon. This statement made our nation ‘The Land of the Free’.
We have the freedoms to express ourselves in any way always. And this applies to every American citizen, how wonderful is that? I owe a lot of thanks to our founding fathers and I only hope and pray they are looking down on us praising us for how we are upholding this statement that they created.
A lot of problems in friendships, relationships at works, families, etc., stem from someone being told what to do or how to do something. Sometimes we need guidance on how to make something work or flow a little bit better, but for the most part, people don’t respond well to being bossed around. Do you respond well to that?
We don’t like that because we want to be able to things on our own, independently. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! We should be respected when we want the freedom to do or say something in our own way and not in someone’s else’s way because we are all different and that’s OK. But shouldn’t that apply to every person, place, thing and entity?
An excerpt from Student News Daily wrote:
“The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This prevents the government from establishing a national church/denomination. However, it does not prohibit God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings. Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces (eg., the Ten Commandments should continue to be displayed in Federal buildings). Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.”
Schools and government buildings are being attacked and forced to remove any religious monuments, paintings, objects, etc. This is a sad thing because our nation was built and founded by men with religious values and those values played into what they wrote out for our nation’s backbone. Our nation was not founded to be a religious nation, but to allow anyone and everyone their own religious freedoms.
Does our government not have the freedom to express what our history was founded upon? Our government creates, checks and upholds the law, but they also have the freedom to express themselves while not swaying one way or another. This isn’t just about religion, but also about our history and our founding fathers. If you don’t believe me, go and read the article below on the debate to remove the Ten Commandments from a city call in New Mexico. You can read it from The Washington Post here.
“Americans shouldn’t be forced to censor religion’s role in history simply to appease someone who is offended by it or who has a political agenda to remove all traces of religion from the public square” -Senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom David Cortman
At the end of the day, the idea that Church and State should be separate was a concept introduced by Thomas Jefferson in a letter and is not mentioned anywhere in our Constitution. So the concept that our Government should remove the very history and morality it was founded upon is ludicrous. We should all be fighting to protect our nation’s history, whether you believe in Christianity or not. Will you stand with us here at Patriot Mobile to protect our country and her history?