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
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
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.