The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State’ by Bill Flax

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Introduction Religion has always been a topic that makes people uncomfortable, it has sparked wars, legal cases and arguments. This is a controversial issue that reigns havoc in many countries and because of this American citizens are afforded religious freedom through the US constitution. The goal of the United States government has never been to make our nation irreligious but to uphold the values of religious freedom. In the 2011 article ‘The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State’ by Bill Flax, “Faith is no civil contract, but a personal matter not to be profaned by politics.” These are the exact intentions of the US Constitution and the federal government. The goal is to allow citizens religious freedom that is uninhibited by federal regulation. This essay describes the fundamental reasons why faith groups and institutions should not be allowed to form political parties. This will be done by defining what religion is and how it applies to moral living. Second, this essay will cover the US Constitution and why it also defines moral living. 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. Works Cited Bellevue University. (n.d.). Kirkpatrick Signature Series Book 1. Retrieved from Bellevue.edu: http://idcontent.bellevue.edu/content/CAS/eBooks/Kirkpatrick/Book1.pdf Dictionary.com. (n.d.). religion. Retrieved from Dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion Flax, B. (2011, July 9). The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State. Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/billflax/2011/07/09/the-true-meaning-of-separation-of-church-and-state/ Jefferson, T. (1802, Jan 1). Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists. Retrieved from Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html Library of Congress. (n.d.). Religion and the Founding of the American Republic. Retrieved from Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06.html

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