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Seperation fo Church and State.
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7/19/2015 7:34:19 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The Amendments of the Constitution are always INDIVIDUAL rights protected by the Law.
The 1st Amendment reads "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."
Any Law Congress makes that ABRIDGES the free speech of an individual is unconstitutional.
Any Law Congress makes that prohibits the FREE EXERCISE of Religion ANYWHERE is unconstitutional.
So no matter where I am, who I am talking to, or what I am doing, I AM FREE to say what ever I want about God.
The wall of Separation has always been meant to protect Religious freedom from the government intrusion (as it is doing today).
The Founding Fathers had a chapel made for Congress, had 2 Congressional Chaplains.
Thomas Jefferson believed that the government was to be powerless to interfere with religious expressions
Writes, [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from presenting even occasional performances of devotion presented indeed legally where an Executive is the legal head of a national church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem."
One thing that becomes apparent is it is Congress who shall pass no law. And that is where the restriction lies. Certainly so many state constitutions mirror the federal constitution, and those may apply.
And notice it says shall make NO LAW. So even if a representative of the government is speaking about God, or their religion, Would only be an impingement upon the separation of church and state if that individual was enacting a law or regulation.