It is the Free Exercise Clause. This clause protects the rights of individuals to worship and believe as they wish. It also means that people cannot be compelled by government to act opposite to their religious beliefs, unless the belief violates a valid law. Religion has brought about a lot of controversy since the day it was first incorporated into the Constitution. The position was clear that the government would be separate from religion, the unclear part was how to paraphrase the clauses.
Finally it will define why religion and government in the United States do not belong together. This essay is designed to only examine the US government. Religion There are conceivable differences in many religions, especially what people consider as religion and how it should affect government. Rick Galusha (The Changing role of government part 1, n.d.) “There is an inherent difference in my faith and my government.” Through this video he is conveying there are two moral authorities the first is government so people are able rely on the legal system to make solid moral decisions and the second is faith which is another source for us to make quality moral decisions. Religion ... ... middle of paper ... ...ces our country have gone through to allow our civil liberties.
If the US Government allows government building to post the Ten Commandment it loses its neutrality on religion because it will have to choose a version of the Ten Commandments that it will display, violating right of Americans. The promotion of a state-endorsed religion goes against everything in which what this country was founded on.
The current opinion of courts is that the First Amendment bans religion in our government to protect the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from the government. The first amendment does not say church and state should be separate since our founders understood if church and state were completely separate, our government would fall apart. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The first amendment does not state that there was such a separation, but that there was a “wall of separation” which the government could not break. The misunderstood statement from Thomas Jefferson has resulted in Judges who ignore the Constitution and the original intent of the First Amendment of our Founding Fathers (Bonta). The first amendment did not state that there was such a separation, but that there was a “wall of separation” which the government could not break.
Keyes argued "power only ultimately respects another power," and Martin Luther King Jr. was not a preacher by accident. Dershowitz also stated that not everything in the Bible should be believed word-for-word, even George Washington said "indulge religion with caution." Keyes believed that if state and religion should be separated, then why does the Declaration of Independence contain so much about religion? Alan Dershowitz and Alan Keyes would have argued endlessly about religion's role in society if there were not a moderator to stop them. Religion and morality exist together in parallel according to Alan Keyes.
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Therefore, the current establishment of se... ... middle of paper ... ...nderstood. However, throughout the course of American history activists have tried to sway the idea that joint church and state is not only beneficial, but mandatory for growth in American moral culture. While changing the government may change the sense of leadership, redistricting laws to benefit one specified religious group is contrary to the idea of a democratic system where each person has a chance to be heard and live in equality. The existing stance separation of church and state is an obligation that the American government and people, must fight to uphold in order to insure that the rights of the American population are not infringed upon. The founding fathers fought and died for the ideas of a country that embodied life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and it would be intolerable to try and put a stop to a system that embodies these core ideas.
The Constitution of the United States was written to give citizens certain privileges and rights in the way of free thought and freedom. The Establishment Clause was one way that civilians were protecting religious liberty by the separation of church and state. Within our political and school systems there have been a number of controversial issues to include religious holidays, school prayer, teaching evolution and aid to church based schools. The Supreme Court has ruled in many cases in regards to these religious controversial issues. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (University, n.d.).
Bernard Lewis approaches it on a limited scale as he shows the democratic system as wh... ... middle of paper ... ...er, I also believe that this would result in an unjust Islamic state. I personally believe that one cannot measure how religious a person is. It is between them and their God, and be it politicians or leaders, we are unable to do justice to what the Qur’an regulates are right and wrong. We are flawed, thus any system we create will have those flaws within. It would simply be a secular political system in which all people are treated as equals, which is unjust as each individual has their own relationship with Allah.
For example, someone cannot practice their religion if it violates upon another person 's rights. The separation of church and state is an important idea that in many ways helps to make our country even more suc... ... middle of paper ... ... on Christian values. George Washington clearly stated that religion and morality were the basis of our nation. The pledge of alliance also makes reference to God and our nation. With so many references being made to God himself ow could our nation not be based on Christianity?