Freedom Of Religion: Separation Of Church And State

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Freedom of religion. "The right to choose a religion without interference by the government." How far is this liberty that our nation was originally formed upon stretch? This First amendment right does not secure everyway religion is practiced. You must look at the Constitution with the Establishment Clause along with the Free Exercise Clause, The United States Supreme Court decisions, and what is the difference between a United States citizen and a United States public official.
Under the first amendment of the Constitution, there is the Free Expression Clause and the Establishment Clause. The Free Expression clause gives the U.S. citizens the right to accept any religion and the engagement of religious ritual (2005, “Freedom of Religion”).
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Stated by Thomas Jefferson in an effort to reduce the government’s power. This is enacted through the Establishment Clause but what does this actually mean. This is a difficult topic because are government officials not citizens? A woman from Kentucky named Kim Davis recently has been making headlines. Davis is a government official who grants marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky. The reason Davis has been sparking interest with reporters is how she refuses to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her reasoning to do this is that it would be supporting same-sex marriage which is against her deeply held religious beliefs. Lawfully, this is wrong (Bittenbender). Government employees and citizens have far different roles from each other. As an everyday citizen, you have the right to practice your first amendment right of freedom of religion. However as a government official, the Constitution does not grant you the right to discriminate when it comes to religious beliefs. No matter what your religious standing is, being a public official, you do not have the authority to determine whether or not gay marriage is legal in a particular state. This is unconstitutional because it directly goes against a decision made by the United State Supreme Court which was that same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty of the United

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