Honestly we really do need more separation from state and church. I know the University of Michigan had to stop their flourishing and growing stem cell research because religious groups didnt like it. If it wasnt for them, we might have had a stem cell program that could have save many lives. But because they think god says it isn't right, we had to stop it..
It's quite plain and well known that the United States is (supposed to be) a secular nation. The United States does not recognize any religious establishment and should distance itself as much as possible from any similar institution. If we want to be as forward thinking and modern as other developed nations we have to recognize that religion and government are a volatile mix that impede progress.
Separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of our Constitution much like the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances. In the Constitution, the founders did not simply say in so many words that there should be separation of powers and checks and balances; rather, they actually separated the powers of government among three branches and established checks and balances. Similarly, they did not merely say there should be separation of church and state; rather, they actually separated them by (1) establishing a secular government on the power of "We the people" (not a deity), (2) according that government limited, enumerated powers, (3) saying nothing to connect that government to god(s) or religion, (4) saying nothing to give that government power over matters of god(s) or religion, and (5), indeed, saying nothing substantive about god(s) or religion at all except in a provision precluding any religious test for public office. Given the norms of the day (by which governments generally were grounded in some appeal to god(s)), the founders' avoidance of any expression in the Constitution suggesting that the government is somehow based on any religious belief was quite a remarkable and plainly intentional choice. They later buttressed this separation of government and religion with the First Amendment, which affirmatively constrains the government from undertaking to establish religion or prohibit individuals from freely exercising their religions. The basic principle, thus, rests on much more than just the First Amendment.
The Constitution, including particularly the First Amendment, embodies the simple, just idea that each of us should be free to exercise his or her religious views without expecting that the government will endorse or promote those views and without fearing that the government will endorse or promote the religious views of others. By keeping government and religion separate, the establishment clause serves to protect the freedom of all to exercise their religion. Reasonable people may differ, of course, on how these principles should be applied in particular situations, but the principles are hardly to be doubted. Moreover, they are good, sound principles that should be nurtured and defended, not attacked. Efforts to undercut our secular government by somehow merging or infusing it with religion should be resisted by every patriot.
Yes, the US needs to strengthen the wall between church and state. This is an important part of our country. Don't forget, freedom from religion, also means freedom to practice your religion. If you disagree, think of this: Imagine a US with a more blurry division between church and state. Then imagine the congress or the courts somehow get filled with people of a different religion than you.
If you consider that even in the Netherlands, which is deemed one of the most secular countries of the world, roughly 39% of the population declare themselves as having a religious affiliation (this is made up of Roman Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and so on), then it seems reasonable to me that the only fair system of governance is one which has nothing to do with any one religion, precisely because that's the only way in which it can be fair to all. Personally, I think religion does not belong in schools or public/governing bodies, it is an individual and private matter.
The United States should space it self far away from any religion. It is a poison in society which is causing many to be blind to the many truths in the world. This is one of the many reasons why we are separate in the United States, its because the religious preachers are indoctrinating many people to to believing that they are superior to other people of different races, creeds, and sexualities.
What the Founding Fathers wanted was to prevent any inter-denominational or inter-religious conflict by making a certain faith or denomination state sponsored. This way, certain Christian or non-Christian groups would not have special power over the others. This is religious freedom, meaning that Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc. Can all express their faith in their own manner. Separation of Church and State, however, is some wild belief that God and government should be separate. No sane person of faith would want this. Every true faith believes in Almighty God, and rather than Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Hindus quarreling over which faith is right, they need to realize that they all share the same gist and believe in the same Almighty God. While we fight with our neighbors, those who do not believe have gone on the rise and are preaching sin and lies, and fight for a lost cause known as Separation of Church and State. No matter what faith we practice, we all must seek the blessings of the Lord, and fight against the atheists and secularists who want to damn America to Hell. Keeping God out of it will worsen everything and we will be forced to suffer the consequences. I see this important matter as a new Crusade, where ALL religions and ALL people of faith must stop fighting, join together, and destroy this atheistic menace, and to restore God to His rightful place as the Overseer of this nation, and to invite God back into our government, back into our schools, back into our homes, and back into our hearts and minds. Separation of Church and State is one of the Devil's many temptations and it must be eliminated, lest our glorious nation suffer eternal damnation.
If you separate the Church from Government too much, you take away it's ability to defend itself in Government. Being separated from the Government, not able to get involved, is dangerous. Ask any Black man from the earlier 1900's what happens when you don't have say in Government.
The Government is a dangerous force, as are the people voting... If you, or your religion, is left out of it... You'd be in destroyed in time.
While they don't need to be up on each other, the Church does still need to be able to have a say, for it's sake.
No where in the constitution does it say that there must be a separation from church and state. This idea actually came from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a group of Baptists but is now being associated with the constitution. There is already too much separation, and more will result in less religious freedom as religion will have less of a say in government.
This country was founded on a culture that had religion at the center and now it has deteriorated into a culture of death. Just look at the number of abortions are being performed everyday, at how many suicides are being attempted, and how corrupt our government has become. God is our only hope.