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Did you know "Separation of church and state" is NOT an amendment? It is a bold-faced lie.

This is an "idea" rather. But it is not an amendment. Most Americans believe this is an amendment. The first amendment only says that Congress shall make no law in regards to religion or free speech. So why did they have God taken out of the schools?

"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."


Asked by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on May. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

    Isn't that some GREAT news, ladies? GOD loves us sooo much that He sent His ONLY Son to come down to this filthy, sinful earth, live a sinless life and die on a cross for US! And He rose again in 3 days, and HE STILL LIVES!!! Hallelujah! Jesus is offering us the gift of salvation! For free! All you have to do is accept it!!!!

    Answer by srhmldndo at 9:47 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Yes i knew that.

    Answer by miriamz at 3:34 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • This is where logical thought comes in.

    Public schools are run by the government. so if they promote ONE religion over another, the government is essentially prohibitng the free exercise of religion AND they are, in essence, establishing a religion that the government approves of... It's against the first ammendment.

    Just because the word "separation of church and state" do not appear in the wording, doesn't mean that the interpretation isn't the same.

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 3:42 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Cavalrybaby02, therefore, they have prohibited religion in schools....thus going against the first amendment. Yup.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:45 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • It's not an amendment but is a principle which is reflected by the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause. This protects the various religions' rights to practice their faith as well as protects people from the religious dogma and beliefs of all other religions. There are two sides to this coin.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 3:47 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • They took it out to protect the freedom of those who don't believe in your religion. Separation of church and state is just another way to refer to the establishment clause and the secularization of government. The words are not there, but the terms are. Read your history and you will see that our founding fathers always intended for there to be a separation of church and state.

    Answer by momandvet at 3:47 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Cavalrybaby02, therefore, they have prohibited religion in schools....thus going against the first amendment. Yup.

    no your wrong....cavarlrybaby02 is right! The government CAN NOT promote one religion over another which is WHY they have taken it out!!! It is upholding the first amendment


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Anon, you and your children are still allowed to practice your faith. But you cannot infringe on others beliefs in doing so. There is no one chosen religion, and the first amendment protects all citizens from the tyranny of any religion.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 3:50 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • they have prohibited religion in schools.

    Liar. They have not prohibited any religion in schools. They have prohibited teachers from teaching a single religion. Public schools have comparative religion classes. Individual students are free to pray before lunch, before school starts or before every test if they want. Boy Scouts (a Christian organization) and bible studies are welcome to meet in school facilities after hours. Groups of students are even allowed to read their bibles at recess. And so are Muslim students allowed to read Korans.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:59 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • NP, if they haven't "prohibited" any specific religion, then why were the 10 commandments (statues, posters, etc.) removed from the schools not so long ago? Seems to me like they want to kick God out, but allow any pagan religion to practice freely.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on May. 24, 2009

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