Wed, 19 May 2010

The Concept of Separation of church and state

We (Americans) seem to be the most ill-informed people on earth sometimes. One of the things that irks me the most is when our elected officials reference "the separation of church and state" and we have heard the phrase so often, we have accepted this separation as having a credible basis. There is nothing in the constitution or any federal or state law that references the separation of church and state. The theory of separation of the two stems from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a baptist association. Please find a wikipedia article here. In the letter, the subject matter is that the government should not be able to hold sway over the church. (Remember that we as a country were formed in an effort to find religious liberty and to escape the pressures being put on the church by the government.) The foundation of our nation was based on the fact that the church held sway over peoples lives (including the governing and the governed). The intent of the letter by Jefferson was to uphold that the church should be allowed freedom without censorship or impedance from the government. Inform those you hear speak about this issue every time you have a chance.

Blog Posted By Stan Powell on Wed, 19 May 2010 10:23:40 CST