The Separation Of Church And State Essay

1755 Words Dec 18th, 2015 8 Pages
Our nation was founded on unalienable rights with authority through family, church and community, each rightfully sovereign within its sphere. Human dignity, legal equality, and personal freedom mirror biblical values conveyed on Western Civilization. Americans are frequently reminded of what the revisionists consider our greatest achievement: “Separation of Church and State” (True meaning). Crosses are ripped down in parks, prayer has been exiled from schools and the ACLU riots to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance (true meaning). “Separation of Church and State” is nowhere found in the Constitution or any other founding legislation. The separation of church and state phrase, which was invoked, and which has today become so familiar, was taken from an exchange of letters between President Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, shortly after Jefferson became President (wall builders). The election of Jefferson, America’s first anti-Federalist President, overjoyed many Baptists since that large denomination was also strongly anti-Federalist. The formula of separation of church and state first gained currency during Jefferson’s campaign when his supporters used it to beat Federalist clergymen, whether of recognized churches or not, who were condemning Jefferson as irreligious (beliefs). Keeping politics out of the platform may have been a sound idea, but in a sense, separation was clearly an innovative expansion of the First…

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