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Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't America founded by people who did not want the church running their goverment? So how can people claim to be Americians want the goverment ran by people with a religous agenda?


Asked by candiccane at 10:16 PM on Nov. 12, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Because everyone has a right to their opinion & what they think is right.

    but not to codify their religion into law to force others to follow the rules of their religion.


    Answer by autodidact at 8:24 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • They wanted to get away from a universal religion and they wanted to be free to practice their own religions. So it was actually founded because of religion and the fact that people wanted to be able to freely be open about whatever religion they practiced without being punished for doing so and going against the government that required you to practice their universal religion. It wasn't that they wanted to rid the government of religious people, they just didn't want it to be something that required people to go against their beliefs. Thomas Jefferson was the one who brought up seperation of church and state and in his letter he said "Legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" That is all seperation of church and state means.

    Answer by amyrw at 10:35 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • Because everyone has a right to their opinion & what they think is right.

    (even if it's not the best thing)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:36 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • Because when they want to preach thier religeons then they expect the Law to get behind them so that they can force people to follow what thier religeon "wants". But if the Law is reversed and wants them to do something they gladly use thier religeon as a excuse in some way. **shrug**

    Answer by BabyBeans0506 at 10:44 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • yes thank you ANON. 10:36...

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 10:54 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • check your got it backwards. they wanted to keep government out of religion...not the other way around. they didnt want the government telling ppl what they had to believe. the whole seperation of church & state is usually quoted incorrectly. they didnt want the state in the church...but church in the state was okay b/c most of them were relgious men. and no, im not a right wing nut job.

    Answer by okmanders at 10:59 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • The original colonist were actually very very religious. They came to the new country where they could be free to practice the religion they chose, rather than the one that the government required them to practice. That was called "religious freedom." If you remember your American History class from the 8th grade, you'll also remember that schools were begun in churches, and the townships conducted their business in the local church.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 11:51 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • Salem witch trials anyone?? I am not from California and did not have the chance to vote on prop 8. I am a right wing conservative who WAS for their right to marry. After watching their behavior now though, I think maybe most of them need a "time-out!" The abuse to a little old lady is rediculous! Go ahead and protest, but do not get physical or vicious with those who are also expressing their views!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 AM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • What little old lady? What happened to her? Do you have a link so we can all see it?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • It was to protect us from a "NATIONAL RELIGION".
    It was to allow freedom to choose a Religion.

    Were you awake in Government class in high school?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:45 AM on Nov. 13, 2008