Separation of Church and State

I have often heard people tell me that what is referred to as the  Separation of Church and State is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. It’s true those words don’t exist, but is there anything there that implies the very same? Of course there is and even though there are people that dislike the idea of religion and the state being in concert on anything, in fact the founders made it clear in the First Amendment to the Constitution. No it wasn’t freedom of speech or the press, it was freedom of religion that was first considered. Go look at it. The “separation” was clear in the words, “Congress shall make no law…”, not “should not” or “maybe should respect”, but “shall not” which is the line drawn between the state and any and all religious organizations. Two words define not only how we treat religious belief but those other sacred rights as well. We should be thankful that the founders considered all of this carefully and worded it such there could be no misinterpretation,

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  1. The phrase comes from Jefferson’s famous 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:

    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.

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