The Wall Of Separation Between Church and State. David Domke and Kevin Coe wrote in In The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America, that “For U.S. politicians today, having faith isn’t enough; it must be displayed, carefully and publicly. This is a stark transformation in recent decades.” There has been a rise of religion in American politics over the past seventy five years. From Franklin Roosevelt Christmas tree lighting ceremony to Sarah Palin debating whether Barack Obama belonged to the right religion. But who real had an impact on bringing politics and religion together was Ronald Reagan. Reagan always asked for divine blessings to help him political dealings and it was also believed that the increase in religious pilgrimages rose in his term. Politian’s today use religion to attract voters, identify and attack enemies, and display power. What does this mean for the American opinion of democracy at this point in time, should there be a wall of separation between church and state. Politian now use faith calculatedly, intentionally and supported it without comparison a distinctive difference from the politics of the past. Historically the separation of church and state was establish by a Politian Thomas Jefferson who famously wrote “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should’ make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ’, thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” Thomas Jefferson who was the
*Domke, David and Kevin Coe. “The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America” New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
*Dreisbach L. Daniel “Thomas Jefferson and The Wall of Separation Between Church and State” New York: New York University, 2002. 2
third president of the United States and the author of the declaration of independence. Was influenced by Enlightenment ideals, the Enlightenment ideals developed as a result of the Scientific Revolution. During the Scientific Revolution, great thinkers abandoned traditional beliefs and began using logically thinking to explain the world around them. While the Scientific Revolution focused on the physical world, the Enlightenment movement attempted to present new ideas of government. One of this ideas being how organized religion and the national state should keep a distance from one and other. The phrase “wall of separation between church and state” first appeared in a letter to Danbury Baptists association in 1802. The Danbury Baptists association was created in 1790 as a group of twenty six churches in Connecticut which at that time had established Congregationalism as its official state religion. A organization in which each church is independent from the government it was also a mistreated religious minority. They wrote to Jefferson because believed the government would force a single denomination like Catholicism on them. They wanted to make sure that they were going to be able to believe in whatever religion they believed in and would not be forced to convert. It’s a fact that Jefferson spoke frequently about the “wall of separation between church and state” as well as mentioned it in The United Sates Supreme Court and a bunch of times after that. It’s a misunderstanding that the exacted phrase “wall of separation between church and state” appears in The United States Constitution which many politician today point out as a way to dispute the statement, But the phases “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” which has the same meaning different wording is in The First Amendment. *Dreisbach L. Daniel “Thomas Jefferson and The Wall of Separation Between Church and...
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