SEPARATION OF STATE AND RELIGION?

Posted: April 1, 2018 in Uncategorized
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We live in a wonderful country and this country is made of laws. Many of these laws are derived from social norms and customs brought to America from far off lands or laws that are made to protect its’ citizens from harsh lands that the new immigrants left behind. The beginning of United State law at the federal level was the Constitution of the United States. One segment of our Constitution requires a “separation of Church and State”. Over the two hundred years since the inception of the illustrious document, the Constitution, the document has been twisted and misinterpreted to provide a meaning that is foreign to the original intent. In fact the term “separation of church and state” does not appear in the constitution.
What the Constitution does say is that government shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This simply states that there can be no state sponsored religion such as existed in 1776 in Great Britain with the Church of England or in the Mid-East countries that embraces Sharia law based on Islam and mandated by the government. The Supreme court of the United States has written that “”institutions presuppose a Supreme Being” and that government recognition of God does not constitute the establishment of a state church as the Constitution’s authors intended to prohibit. This is a powerful statement and adds credence to the underlying tone that Christianity and the belief of God did play a part in the original creation of our great nation.
In many parts of our country the courts have allowed a more separatist view and have declared that the Ten Commandments must be removed from government buildings. While these are religious in nature, much of the guidance provided by these religious laws are in fact a part of the legal fiber of our nation. Some of these are founded in the Constitution but many are a part of state and local laws.
The fourth Commandment states, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” This was a mainstay within early America but has slowly eroded with the development of large mega-stores as we grow away from the mom-and-pop stores that formed the cornerstone of commerce. There was a time that stores would be closed on Sundays across rural America. Many towns enacted laws that prohibited working on Sundays while “blue laws”, laws that prohibit sales of alcohol, are found across our country.
The sixth Commandment states “You shall not murder”. The constitution does not make it a crime when committing murder but it does allow states to develop laws that they feel are needed to protect the population. Every state in the United States is quite specific as to what constitutes murder and the punishment for the crime. Though not in the constitution specifically, some murders are Federal offenses and are prosecuted in Federal rather than state courts.
The sixth Commandment is ““You shall not commit adultery”. Like the murder commandment, the Constitution does not address adultery, but the states laws do. The United States is one of a few industrialized countries that have laws that address adultery. Up until the mid-1800s almost all states had some form of anti-adultery statutes. These began to diminish and at this time 21 sates are left with some type of adultery laws; however, they are seldom enforced.
The eight Commandment states, “You shall not steal”. This is widely enforced throughout the country at the local, state and Federal level. Though not in the constitution, stealing is universally adopted as a law that is punishable by its’ society.
The ninth commandment states, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. Today this is addressed in the court system and there are laws about lying in court and bearing false witness at both the Federal and state levels.
When we hear that America has no religious roots that our country was founded on, it is apparent that this is a false belief. These roots of America are based on faith and while much of this faith is Christian doctrine, many of these principles are also found in the Quran of Islam and the Hebrew Holy Book, the Torah. We are one people living in a most wonderful and great nation.

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