Against Separation of Church and State
Separation of Church and state has been a controversial topic for some time. Even if people try to separate church and state, can it be fulfilled? Even if so, Church and state should not be separated because the first amendment has been misinterpreted, we are a Nation founded on faith, and it is inevitable that religion and government will mix.
The Anglican Church, the main denominational Church of England, persecuted nonconformists, which were more of a doctrinal religion that just wanted to believe the Bible and worship (“Separation”). The “separation of church and state” metaphor blurs the distinction between a doctrinal and denominational and assigns potential evil of the denominational religion to the doctrinal religion (“Separation”). The reason for the first amendment was not to take God out but to prevent an issue like England had (“Separation”). Edmund Burke said, “I cannot imagine an enduring republic without God and without morality […]” What kind of shape would we be in then? (Bonta) The phrase “separation of church and state” was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson (“Separation”). This phrase is not in the Constitution and was taken out of context and has since evolved into unintended meanings. The currently implied meaning is for the church staying out of the state’s business (“Separation”).
We are a Nation founded on faith. At least ninety percent of our founding fathers were practicing Christians (“Separation”). The founding fathers quoted the Bible and spoke about God in writings and speeches (“Separation”). Benjamin Franklin said, “[…] I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. […] That He ought to be worshipped” (Fairchild). In 1892, the Supreme Court gave the Trinity Decision declaring, “This is a Christian nation” (“Separation”). The documentary evidence of Christianity in early America is voluminous (“Separation”). Over the Speaker of the House in the U.S. Capital are the words “In God...
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