Church vs. State

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It is commonly known that, in theory, the United States practices the separation of church and state. But is this really true? We are a country that is based on a large respect for one’s individual preferences. The first amendment of our constitution gives citizens the freedom of religion, press, and expression, stating “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Our government is supposed to base it’s decisions solely on what is right or wrong, not on religious doctrine. However, there are many instances in the American government where this proverbial “line” has been crossed, and religion has made it’s way to the forefront of our country and, in turn, affected many laws and policies in the United States.

The words “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States and the state of Florida, and it is required to be printed on all currency produced by the United States treasury as of 1955. The term “Under God” is also written in the pledge of allegiance; which is practically force fed to all public school students throughout their academic careers. Federal endorsement of a deity or religion violates the United States constitution. Yet here we are as Americans, reciting this pledge at nearly every social gathering; from sporting events to high school assemblies. And we are using this money for anything and everything. Day after day these words pass through our hands and through our minds and most Americans think nothing of it. But what about the people who do not believe in God? They have every right to; because this is America, where it is stated in our constitution that all citizens have the freedom of religion or lack there of. Yet, 76% of Americans identify themselves as Christians (which includes Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons), which has become standard in the U.S.; While only about 15% of Americans have no religion.

Time and time again, it has been seen throughout U.S....
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