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Church and State

             It seems like every time you turn on the news, there are some group of high priced lawyers or judges that are trying desperately to remove God from our free society. They always yell, "Separation of church and state!" Why is this so, when those words do not even appear in the first amendment? The fact is, those words were taken from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in hopes of removing all fears that the government would not create a national religion like what was founded in England in the 1600's. In my opinion, this entire argument of church and state is not only hypocritical but it also contradicts itself in many ways.
             Did you know that our United States Constitution was founded on Biblical principles? When the Constitution was researched, the source that was most often quoted was the Bible. If it was not directly quoted, it was used as a basis to form whatever conclusion they were working on. Ninety-four percent of all citations in the U.S. Constitution were based on the Bible. Our founding fathers took ideas from the Bible to create the structure of what our government is today. If it were meant to keep church and state totally separate then why would they use the Bible as a guide and tool to create our government structure? For example, Isaiah 33:22 reads: "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king." They used this scripture to form our three branches of government: judicial, legislative, and executive.
             Some of our laws that have been passed through Congress are also based on the Bible. There are laws that make it illegal to murder someone or steal. These are found quoted directly in the Ten Commandments. Should they be removed so that the church will be separate from the state?.
             Just before the start of every session of Congress or of the Senate did you know that they state out loud the Pledge of Allegiance? Doesn't this violate separation of church and state? You would sure think it does.

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