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The issue of separation of church and state is resurfacing around the country, and I would like to share my information: That is, most Americans dont realize that this well-known phrase doesnt exist in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, or other documents. The only statement on religion briefly says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Furthermore, our early leaders had no desire to eliminate religion from government or its institutions. They sought to remind everyone that God is sovereign over the affairs of men, thus inscribing In God We Trust on the capitol and our money. They knew Europes history of an official state church supported by public tax, thus established by the government. Our government leaders wanted freedom for all non-subversive religions to exist and for citizens to be religious, just not control and fund them.
Isnt it the American Civil Liberties Union that has mainly spread the falsehood that our Constitution requires separation of anything religious from government? It appears they would like to separate all religion out of public life altogether. So sad they dont appreciate all the good that comes from our churches.