Church And State Essay

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Jon Hausauer The Founding Fathers of the United States did not want God completely eliminated from American life when they established the First Amendment of the Constitution. Many people’s morals and religious beliefs have created the country’s laws, and these beliefs should not be ignored. Proponents of complete separation feel laws and political leaders should have no religious affiliation; many people, including political leaders, however, unconsciously use their beliefs when making everyday decisions and when creating laws. It is nearly impossible for people to ignore their religious beliefs when they go into political office. Complete separation is foolish because religion plays a crucial part in a person’s decision making; therefore, church and state should not be bound together, but they should be allowed to influence each other. When the Founding Fathers created the Constitution, they did not intend to forget and reject God. They didn’t want the government dominated by one “right” religion; the Fathers wanted each man and woman to have the right to choose the religion he or she believed in. Originally, “one nation, under God,” was not in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was added thirty-eight years later through a Congressional Act, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Nilson 42). By adding these words, President Eisenhower stated, “We are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future.” Significant people in America recognized a need for a Supreme Being in American society and added His presence on important U.S. documents. “In God We Trust,” originated from The Star Spangled Banner, where Francis Scott Key wrote, “In God is our trust!” Today, the National Anthem is condensed and these words are left out of the last stanza of the poem. The Declaration of Independence states, “[A]ll Men are created

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