Difference Between Church And State Separation Essay

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‘Wall of Separation’ between Church and State vs. The Cancer of Communism The issue of state and church has caused great debate over hundreds of years. Thomas Jefferson believed that the government should have no hold over the church and the church should have no hold over the government. Our founding fathers went to many lengths to ensure our freedoms. Where as Communist countries everything belongs to the state and the individual owns nothing. Communism enslaves an individual and takes away their freedoms. There is no freedom of religion and those who seek to worship God and read the Bible are often persecuted, sent to concentration camps or even murdered. Jefferson used the controversial metaphor in responding to the Danbury Baptist Association, a…show more content…
Religious Right author David Barton, perhaps the most outspoken of the “wall of separation” critics, devoted an entire book, The Myth of Separation, to proving his claim that church-state separation is “absurd” and was a principle completely foreign to the Founding Fathers. He states: “In Jefferson’s full letter, he said separation of church and state means the government will not run the church, but we will use Christian principles with government.” More recently, two researchers have published books that criticize the almost infamous status the metaphor has achieved, especially before the U. S. Supreme Court. Daniel Dreisbach, who wrote, Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State, is critical of the courts for making the metaphor a practical rule of constitutional law. Dreisbach’s basic argument is that the metaphor fails to distinguish between the conception of “separation” and “non-establishment.” Dreisbach is correct in saying that metaphors can be overstated, misused, and made poor substitutes for legal

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