"Politics makes strange bedfellows",1 Never have there been two more inappropriate, yet understandable bedfellows than religion and politics. Both of these great forces in our lives, at least on the surface, claim to be about us or for us, and certainly necessary for a better life for all. Genuinely though, both of these institutions have become to be about power and control: for these reasons alone they try and lie together, but for these same reasons as well as for our true betterment the American populace is far better off when they are separated. The wise men who laid the foundation of this nation, knew this; they knew the individual freedoms they sought for themselves, and all Americans who were to come, depended on, among other things, these two powerful and controlling forces being barred from creating an unholy alliance.
The system of government of the United States is set up to protect the rights of all persons equally. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”2 The government entities, in order to accomplish this task must remain pure and unbending. They cannot be influenced by a biased religious fervor that requires acknowledgment of inequality within humanity for it to function properly.
To do so not only secure the rights of the American citizen they represent but their own personal rights as well. The most important point of the declaration is that all men are created equal and to allow religion to dictate government is to abandon this view completely. All men are created equal therefore all men have equal rights under the laws and protection of the government. The United States of America has always been a proud nation of immigrants that left their home land and started over in a country that embraced freedom from tyranny. Even to the extreme of driving out the native occupants to achieve their goals. We have thrived on being a diverse nation and embracing our differences to form a more perfect union.
In order to achieve a more perfect union, our fore fathers were wise in their decree of the first amendment whereas the establishment of one religion is prohibited. Because all citizens are not representative of one religion, a universal law influenced by a religious order would not benefit all citizens equally and thereby be unconstitutional. The rights of American citizens are granted to them as humans devoid of labels. Government is required to institute laws for the good of the citizens without consideration for gender, creed, or nationality. The government is what protects its citizens from discrimination, not the avenue by which it is fostered. By allowing religion to play a role in ratifying amendments or creating laws that speak to one religious belief they are the proponent by which discrimination becomes legalized.
Religion has long played an important role in history of dividing citizens, destroying peaceable cities and rendering horrible afflictions on people deemed less desirable than their cult. Yet Religion is given more weight in government decisions than is due based on their less than reliable record. "When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.3 We see throughout history religion needs a division among people. It requires a portion of the population to be “evil” to be unequal, to need the salvation that the religious leaders offer. However religion, Christianity in particular, when it’s method of passive coercion fails, then tries to force compliance with its belief system by manipulating the current government....