Absence of God in the U.S.A.

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Peter Huggins Huggins Grayscale
Eagle Staff

Freedom of religion is one of America’s greatest

calling cards. However, this is not how America

started. Theocratic government was the standard

form of rule during colonial times. This model

was a carbon copy of England’s theocracy, which

was run by the Church of England.

Until the Bill of Rights, Americans were confused about their religious rights. Thomas Jefferson

clarified this issue in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, saying there was a “wall of

separation between Church and State.”

This declaration was a defining moment in American history and was the first step to a religiously

neutral government.

Constitutionally, the prohibition of prayer in the public schools is correct. Removing the aspect of

Church from the State is important to insure equality. On the other hand, the State cannot insert

itself into the Church’s affairs.

Neither institution should be involved with the other. The Church is doing its part and staying out of

the government’s business. The government, however, is rather interested in having control of what

the Church can and cannot say.

For instance, our Mayor, Annise Parker, has requested to see multiple churches’ sermons for the

purpose of reviewing and possibly editing them. If Mayor Parker’s wish was granted, this could be the

first step toward losing our right to worship freely.

Personally, I am all for separation of Church and State. It helps America remain religiously neutral.

That being said, America should not be absent of religion.

More and more people, especially in America, are finding religion inapplicable to the world we live in

today.

While that is their right and prerogative, we cannot allow radical non-believers to take away our right

to freely worship.

This country was founded on religious beliefs and morals. Although these beliefs and morals did

come from the Christian Bible, general religion is at the bedrock of this union.

The First Amendment guarantees that we may worship as we please, and we cannot permit the

government to twist that statement into something it is not. There is no gray area on this issue. The

State needs to remain completely separate from the Church, and vice versa.

Our government is unique because it is affected so greatly by the people. We cannot allow the

government to take away a right that was instituted in the Bill of Rights.

The road to a totalitarian, controlling dictatorship starts slowly with smaller topics outside of the

public eye, until it gains enough momentum to seize the reins of power. Being a democratic republic,

it is the duty of the people to make sure that this does not happen.

 

 

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