Separation of Church and State

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Church and State: Religion in America has led to many heated debates going all the way back to our founding fathers. Jefferson brought to light the idea of separation of church and state. The separation is revolved around keeping religion out of politics, or vis versa. However it is a broad term when it comes to how one interprets whether it’s favorable towards public worship and acknowledgment of god or not. It touches most aspects of government leading to how much the federal government incorporates religion yet restricts states from doing the same. Our very national anthem involves god with the words “one nation under god” not even mentioning the slogan of “in god we trust” which can be found on American currency. The separation is to protect ever American’s religion allowing them to practice any faith. However it doesn't clarify the standards for practicing in public or even the very acknowledgment of god. Over the past decade many revisions have been made to how people publicly celebrate their faith. Church and state cases have been continues throughout history ranging from whether Jehovah witnesses should be excused from saluting the American flag to whether religious symbols and sayings should be in government buildings or not. The lack of clarification which the term separation of church and state provides sets an unclear message to what the term actually means. The U.S. is a very religious country with religions spanning across the world. Separation of church and state is meant to keep religious freedom while keeping it out of both politics and people with separate religions. The term either works to prevent public practice of religion or encourages it. Both sides have their own points and when it comes down to it either one can be right. But overall the term is an abuse of power from the federal government leaving the states and people little control over

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