Why Do We Have Religion In Government If There Is Supposed To Be Seperation Of Church And State

Separation of Church and State?

For starters, this isn't in the constitution, nor do those words appear anywhere in the constitution or the amendments. It's actually a legal concept ripped from the first amendment, and what it means is that the government can't establish a particular religion but rather it is meant to encourage the expression of religion.

I agree that the government shouldn't mandate what people believe or don't believe, and it shouldn't place restrictions on the expression of it. If a religious club wants to meet at school, they should be allowed as long as they are paying for any accured utility costs. Businesses should freely allow Holiday displays...whether it's a nativity or star of David or Virgin Mary. Why would you suppress people's celebration of their faith? Displays are not hurting anyone, and if your eyes are so sensitive that it can't bear to look at a baby in a manger or Menorah, then stay home. People who complain about others who say "Merry Christmas!" or put up Nativity displays need to relax. Would you go to someone's birthday party and refuse to let others wish them a happy birthday or complain about the party display just because it's not your birthday that's being celebrated? No, because it's THEIR birthday and they have a right to celebrate it anyway they desire. Why wouldn't you be happy for them and wish them a happy birthday, even if it wasn't your birthday?

I think people have gone overboard, to think that people should only practice what they believe in the privacy of their own home. As long as the religion or faith or lack thereof isn't physically hurting anyone or forced upon anyone, it should be allowed wherever. Why wouldn't you want people to practice something that makes them happy or feel at peace or gives their lives meaning and purpose?

What are the pros and cons of separation of church and state?

Pros: reduced oppression, greater freedom.

Cons: none (unless you consider the ability to oppress others a pro)

What is "Separation of church and state"....?

Separation of State was to protect religious people from trying to influence laws that would harm people of different religions - or even different sects of the same religion.

Quakers and Puritans, for example, were Christians. But the majority of Christians did not accept them to be "true" Christians. But just because you were a Quaker or a Puritan, didn't mean that anyone had the right to prevent you from attending a school where Protestants went to school. That would go against your rights granted to you by the Constitution: freedom of religion.

So you're right in the sense that the government has no right to completely abolish a religion. But the government *Does* have a right to keep religion out of public schools. (Private schools are funded by the parents and founders. Because they are paying for it, they can have religious private schools).

I am also fine if someone is praying in public. I respect that and I don't bother them about it too. I'm an atheist. Please do not assume that all atheists disrespect Christianity - I know it's easy to get that vibe off of here. But two of my best friends in the world are Christian. If they pray I wait quietly and say nothing

What people have a problem with is an ENFORCED prayer in public schools. You see, it wouldn't be fair if all the public schools were required to make everyone pray. Think about it - say you happened to go to a school where the population was mostly Muslim. And the teachers said "You must pray to Allah now". Well that wouldn't be very fair to you, would it? That's why we have separation of church and state. It's so all religious people have the freedom to worship as they will. If a Muslim starts praying at the beginning of the school day, then I certainly don't mind.

Why should church and state be separated?

“Why is it important to separate church and state?”Because if you don’t, then one has the power to destroy the other.The founders of our nation came from a situation in which church and state were melded. It gave undue power to both the church and to the state. Think about what your life would be like if the organization that claimed to be able to save your soul is interwoven into an organization that has the power to throw you into prison or to execute you.If the church has only the power to excommunicate members, then those members do not have to live in fear of their life or personal freedom for disobedience to its statutes.One way that church and state are separate in the United States is that churches are not taxed as other organizations and individuals. My understanding of the reasoning behind this, and I believe that it is upheld by Supreme Court rulings, is that the power to tax is the power to destroy.If the government has the power to tax, and the organization fails to comply, then eitherThere is no enforcement and the government’s power is uselessorIt does enforce the taxation and the government has the power to incarcerate, disband, etc., as law dictates.So either the two entities — religion and government — must remain separate, or one has power over the other, and there is no true freedom for the one that is subject to the other with respect to its jurisdiction.

Separation Of Church And State?

Why do people assume that the constitution calls for a separation of church and state! What the constitution specifically states is that the Government of the United States will not be involved in a State Sponsored religion.
The reasons for this is that the King of England was both the head of state and also head of the church of England giving him absolute secular and non-secular power. Our founding fathers wanted to ensure that our leaders in government would not hold dual offices and become too powerful.
Wake up and read the constitution, I am so sick of hearing this seperation of church and state mantra from the left when no such thing ever existed.

The separation of church and state?

There was no such thing as an "unbeliever" when America was new. Our founding fathers believed the Bible should be part of every classroom, and said so. Those who think otherwise, know little to nothing about this great country.

"I say to you, Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermittent, unless by some overruling necessity."

- John Quincy Adams

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God or the Bible."

"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor."

"Direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit...Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ."

- George Washington
How could it have been created religion neutral when the same framers who wrote the religious clauses legislated for paid chaplains and daily prayer in the Senate and the House of Representatives?
In 1983, the Honorable Congress of the United States of America declared in a joint resolution requesting President Regan to proclaim 1983 as the "Year of the Bible" declared...

...the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people...Deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the early settlement of our nation...Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

- Public Law 97-280

God bless!


This Nation was founded by Christians for Christians
the separation of Church and State was meant to keep the State out of Religion... Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or the free exercise there of ....
Not Religion out of the State....
As a Christian they follow Gods direction in what they do and say..
That God might Bless what they do ... thus Bless the Nation.
They did not make a State Religion because what if the Baptists are no longer are the Christians but the Catholics are ... Catholics are not considered to be Christians by real Christians - man made religion ect...
Well the Baptists are still the Real thing..

Note: They throw out the bible out of schools
and said don't pray and ask God for Help in understanding anything
Well we use to be Number 1 to Number 3 in education to the point that
a college degree is not Honored here from other countries...
But now we rank 27 below everybody else in the world, and 17 below everybody else in science in the world.. sad shape...
Throw God out... He says your on your own... buddy...
Do you think the Devil will help you... Not... or your little understanding by yourself...