Separation of Church and State

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The separation of church and state is a fast growing issue of today. The beginning of the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Separation of church and state is a miss-representation of the First Amendment intended to deceive those that can be easily deceived.

In the past there has been numerous court cases dealing with separation of church and state. Each passing year it is miss-interpreted more and more by the Supreme Court. Our founding fathers never meant for this confusion to happen. One of the major factors to this is a misinterpreted letter by Thomas Jefferson. On January 1, 1802 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter. Contained within this letter was Jefferson's concern with the Government breeching religious freedom and affairs of the church. In this letter Jefferson mentioned a wall of separation between church and state.

Jefferson was saying that the legislature couldn't favor a specific religion or prohibit a specific exercise. No power over the freedom of religion is delegated to the United States by the Constitution .

In 1804, bible reading and use of the bible was implemented in the first public schools in the District of Columbia. During this time Thomas Jefferson was president of the school board. Moral instructions created by Thomas Jefferson were included in the school curricular. There was even places in schools set aside for worship. This to was created by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. In 1772 an essay called The Rights of the Colonist were widely circulated. A man named Samuel Adams wrote it.

Many as the Father of the American Revolution knew him. Samuel Adams was one of the Singers of the Declaration of Independence. Not to mention that he makes a great...