Essay about The Ten Commandments and the Establishment Clause

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The Ten Commandments and the Establishment Clause The United States of America is a free country that encourages its citizens to observe and express their freedom. This freedom is expressed in different ways and forms which include the freedom to exercise any type of religion without the government’s interference or support. This freedom is primarily safeguarded by the Constitution. The forefathers of American democracy proclaim the separation of Church and State to ensure that there is no encroaching of powers between the two entities. However, further actions of the state tend to support the cause of the church and vice versa. With these developments, one could argue that the state and the church are not totally independent from …show more content…
The law that is observed in the contemporary times has been gleaned from the “The Ten Commandments.” In essence, the content of the said commandment is morally universal in nature, which is to avoid stealing, killing and coveting thy neighbor’s wife and goods. These are basic moral issues that each individual must contend with while living in a civilized society. You do not need to be a Christian to observe this. Everyone has to observe this or else face the necessary penalties since the law is created on the basis of these laws and of natural laws too. “The principles of natural law, thus understood, are traced not only in moral philosophy or ethics and individual conduct, but also in political philosophy and jurisprudence, in political action, adjudication, and the life of the citizen. (Finnis 201) (23). The interpretation of the establishment clause is not confine within the incidents provided above. There are times that the court considered the “religious tainted act” of the state as unconstitutional. There are also times that it considers the said actions as constitutional. Thus, the people and even the lower courts have a hard time deciphering the intent of the framers as opposed to the

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