Friday, June 26, 2009
Separation of church and state
Many people are gravely mistaken about the term "separation of church and state," which did not come from the Constitution, but from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The term means that the state shall not tell people how to worship God, insofar as the people are abiding by the good laws of the country -- for example, not committing murders and robbery. This country was founded so that men could to be free to obey God rather than men. In other words, the state needs to stick its nose out of religion and leave it to God. That includes taxing certain religions and not taxing others, excluding religious recognition of God and replacing it with state-approved actions, and prohibiting prayer in public. When a government starts legislating against God, it is founding its own religion -- a state or secular religion. This violates the Constitution. "Amendment I - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The bottom line is that taxing religious organizations violates our BIll of Rights.