Letter: Thoughts on church/stateI would like to point out a few common mistakes that Steve Nichols made when he wrote about “separation of church and state” in your editorial section.
By: Elijah Neumann, Lakeland, Hudson Star-Observer
I would like to point out a few common mistakes that Steve Nichols made when he wrote about “separation of church and state” in your editorial section.
First, “separation of church and state” is never mentioned in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The phrase was taken from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802, and is often taken severely out of context when used today.
Second, although separation of church and state is a legal doctrine, its true purpose was to prohibit the state from instituting a national religion, or prohibiting religion in any way. Not to keep religion out of the government.
Organizations like the ACLU now are using separation of church and state to prohibit the free exercise of Christian religion in schools, courts and virtually everything associated with the government.
And third, I would like to point out that what Meredith Berg and other Christians, such as myself, want isn’t to “force our religious views” on others. I don’t think it is too much to ask that Easter and Good Friday be at least acknowledged in our schools. Religions like Islam, Judaism and Macro Evolution (yes, it is a religion, it can no longer be called science) are taught in our schools. Christianity alone is singled out for exclusion, based upon the separation of church and state premise.
If anyone wants more information on separation of church and state, I have posted an article on my blog that will further explain how separation of church and state is unconstitutional. The blog also contains articles discussing why macro evolution is no longer scientific. Go to www.culturaldeceptions.blogspot.com.