separation of church and state

so why do people keep talking about “separation of church and state? the u. s. constitution says “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”…   So what does that have to do with separation of church and state? the intention seems to be to keep the government out of the church, not the other way around. the phrase “separation  of church and state” came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson  to   the Danbury babtist church in Connecticut.  Jefferson’s intention was to assure the church that there was a “wall of  separation” to keep the government from interfering in the church’s business.  Jefferson also believed that the Bible should be taught in schools, and from  what I’ve read so did most of the founding fathers of this country.  read the u. s. constitution. you won’t find anything about a “separation  of  church and state”.  


4 thoughts on “separation of church and state

  1. I believe that when Biblical standards were allowed to be taught in the schools, kids were safer and had more of a sense of security; nowadays kids don’t know what to believe and many of them are having meltdowns; many are committing suicide; and there is less respect for human life.

  2. interesting… an unintended, genius aspect of democracy is that the state of the government will represent the state of the people. We needn’t impose any particular religion on our government. Whether or not our government is morally stable will reflect the moral stability of us, the people. So how are we doing?

  3. we are not doing well. we are supposed to be a constitutional republic not a democracy. but you are right Patrick, we get the government we deserve. still our constitution says nothing about separation of church and state.

  4. I have a post up today about James Madison’s views about the separation of church and state that you might enjoy.

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