The First Ammendment and Dealing with the Separation of Church and State

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The First Ammendment and Dealing with the Separation of Church and State Is it unconstitutional for local, state or federal governments to favor one religion over another? Government can show favoritism toward religion by displaying religious symbols in public places at taxpayer expense, by sponsoring events like Christmas concerts, caroling, by supporting the teaching of religious ideas, or even by supporting the teaching of creationism in public schools. It appears the United States government has had a history of favoring Christianity. The United States government's favoritism of Christianity is a clear violation of the First Amendment. This amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." There is another reference to religion in Article 6, Section 3. This clause states "the United States and the several States shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States" (http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html). For the purpose of this paper I am going to focus on the establishment of religion above mentioned in the First Amendment. The influence of religion on humankind can be traced back to the first records of history. Ever since colonial times, the protection of personal freedoms in the United States has been significantly important (Klinker, 1991: 109). The original Constitution did not contain a bill of rights because the convention delegates felt that individual rights were in no danger and would be protected by the states. However, the lack... ... middle of paper ... ... is still the driving force behind our government. American's idea of rights are shaped daily by the Bill of Rights and the acts that Congress is prohibited to amend. Bibliography: Bibliography Grunes, Rodney A. (Autumn 1989). "Creationism, the Courts, and the First Amendment," in Journal of Church and State, 456-86 Klinker, Philip A. (1991). The American Heritage History of the Bill of Rights. Silver Burdett Press. Rawle, William. http://www.constitution.org/wr/rawle_10.htm Ruse, Michael. (1988). But Is It Science? Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books. Scott, Eugenie C. (July 1994). The Struggle for the Schools. Natural History 10-13. Witt, Elder (1988). The Supreme Court and Individual Rights. Washington D.C.: Second Edition, Congressional Quarterly Inc. www.house.gov/Constitution/Ammend.html

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