Faith Based Organizations vs. the Separation of Church and State

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Faith Based Organizations vs. the Separation of Church and State Issues regarding the separation of church and state frequently resurface. The first time this issue was made know to American citizens was when the Supreme Court removed prayer from the public school system. Last year, the Supreme Court made another decision in regards to this same concern, but with a slight twist. In June 2000 the hot topic case of the nation was the Supreme Court’s decision to rule that, “public schools cannot let students lead stadium crowds in prayer before high school football games.” (Alpert 1) Separation of church and state functioned as a primary concern even during Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency and remains current today. Today the headlines focus on President George W. Bush and his proposal to use faith- based organizations to provide social services to the public. Faith-based organizations and the Separation of Church and State created one of the biggest debates since its very inception. Maintaining the separation provides a foundational premise for America. Continuous growth of the United States encourages the law for separation of church and state even further. Population growth increases diversity issues for the United States of America and prevents the nation from affirming any particular religion. Therefore, the First Amendment to the Constitution that formulates a mandate for the separation of church and state was designed to alleviate problems. Based on citations from a website article the Christian Banner exchange, in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; o... ... middle of paper ... ...ourt Restricts Prayer at Public Schools.” Times-Picayune 20 June 2001: A1 2. Bencivenga, Jim. “Church and Lawsuit.” Christian Science Monitor vol. 93 (2001):11 3. Waveney, Anne. “Plan to Give Faith Groups Money Enters Briar Patch.” St. Petersburg Times 28 April 2001: 5 4. Doerr, Edd. “Church and State.” Humanist vol. 61 March/April 2001: 2, 37 5. Duin, Julia. “Clerics Attack Faith Initiative Diverse Coalition Signs Open Letter.” Washington Times 1 May 2001: A1 6. Lampman, Jane. “Faith in Government.” Christian Science Monitor vol. 93 (2001): 11 7. Lazarus, Edward. title not listed. Los Angeles Times 4 July 1999:8 8. Author, Unknown. Christian Banner exchange http://www.spiritual-answers.com/Questions/church_and_state.htm 9. http://www.ncpa.org/pi/welfare/pdwel/pdwel202.html 10. http://www.welfarereformer.org/articles/articles/church.htm
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