|SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE|
Many people are surprised to find out that the phrase "Separation of church and state" DOES NOT APPEAR in the Constitution. It is a phrase taken from a speech by Jefferson. (see below)
In the year 1775, Patrick Henry was traveling through Virginia. He was shocked and saddened by what he saw there. A man was in the middle of the town square, and was being whipped. A few days later the man was whipped to death.
What was his CRIME?
He had been acting as a minister without a license!!
Remember, the colonies were still part of England at this time, and the Church of England was officially and legally the only religion that could be practiced.
This incident, and others like it, deeply troubled Patrick Henry, and inspired him to write one of the most famous rallying cries of the revolution:
So the founding fathers were very concerned about the government having any involvement with religion. The first amendment starts out like this: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
So my question now is this: If someone working at a local town office puts up a Christmas Tree or a Menorrah, or any other form of religious expression, has Congress made a law respecting an establishment of religion?
Has Congress made a law prohibiting the free exercise thereof?
If someone makes them take it down, have they been...prohibited the free exercise thereof...
Given this example, the person did nothing illegal, was exercising his UNALIENABLE RIGHT to
LIFE, which religion is a part of,
The framers of the Constitution were very learned men, with a supreme command of the English language. They meant EXACTLY what they said.
There was some reports lately about a security guard who was fired, and in the process of being sued for taking a gun from a fifteen year old student at a school. So, apparently, it is OK for youngsters to bring guns to school. Yet, mention God in a classroom, and you WILL be in trouble. What, in the name of God, has happened to our country?
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