Separation of Church & State

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There’s a time and a place for everything. Everyone has heard this or said this once in their lives, but is it true? Is there a place for everything? Should we divide our lives into sections where we are allowed to do only previously approved activities? Who’s to say there is a place for prayer, and a place for worship? Who’s to say that at anytime, and anyplace, one cannot simply kneel down and pray? Separation of church and state is supposed to say that we cannot do such things. That we cannot combine religion and school, or religion and politics. Although there is a technical separation of church and state, can we really ever separate them, and have we ever truly separated them? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” from the First Amendment. What this says is that congress has no right to make any laws in regards to religion. It also says that laws cannot be written to prohibit exercising religion. Which means that congress cannot say whether I can pray here or there, but isn’t that kind of how we view the law today? Similar to many new ideas and laws, the separation of church and state was not taken lightly. There were debates, fights, rebels, and after, there was a winner. Unfortunately, the winner wasn’t very clear. This law’s history goes back farther than anyone can fathom. In ancient history, we repeatedly see kings have more than one role in their kingdoms. Kings and other monarchs had almost always had the role of Priest or some other title infusing them into the church. Socrates, one of the most well known philosophers in the world, was sentenced to death for, among other things, disrespecting the gods with his theories. In Medieval Europe, all ... ... middle of paper ... ...ericans United is to keep mandated prayer and worship out of schools. The real goal of organizations similar to Stand to Reason is to equip people with the knowledge to stand up for what they believe to be true. When will be the day when someone can tell me that these two views are not opinionated, are not biased, and are synonymous of the law? There is a lot of confusion in the world today, and there should be. The world was not meant for everyone to have the same thoughts, otherwise we wouldn’t have all been made equal, yet so incredibly different. The questions raised are still there, and probably always will be. But somewhere along the way, we’ve realized that the questions are less about the law and more about opinions. And now we’re stuck with the knowledge that the world is more or less run on opinions, and the truth about the separation of church and state.

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