A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America

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A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America
Liberty University

A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America This document will provide a brief comparison and synopsis of some of the most important writings of our time: The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, and the U.S. Constitution. Also, this will be an analysis of what I believe the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution thought about the separation of church and state, as well as God from government. The Declaration of Independence was written on July 4, 1776 by Thomas Jefferson. Its purpose was to officially separate the colonies from Great Britain
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It is founded on the God-given rights our founders believed in. On October 7, 1801, Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptists in response to a letter they wrote him, complaining about their “religious liberties they liked were not seen as rights but privileges granted to them by legislature” (Foundation, 2015)… I feel that Jefferson does not address their complaint specifically rather gives a broad ‘politically’ correct response on a national level to show sympathy towards them while trying not to offend anyone. Jefferson sympathizes with them and reiterates the first amendment stating, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State” (Jefferson, Library of Congress, 2015). Jefferson I think, just means this amendment is to protect the people from the government from infringing upon their rights or make a high church and one religion for all. Afterall that is what they wanted to escape from Great Britain for. Jefferson also ended his letter with a prayer, which signifies his belief in God, and since he is a part of the government, is therefore not separating the two. The U.S. Constitution was written about ten years after the Declaration on September 17, 1787, and went into effect in 1789. The government needed guidelines and a

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