There is no God. The Absence of God: In U.S., Church and State are not Separate

Saturday, August 13, 2011

In U.S., Church and State are not Separate


The controversy surrounding the separation in the U.S. has been around since its Constitution has ratified. Some American politicians even argue that there is no reason that church and state should be separated.
By law, in the United States, the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. In the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision, Justice Hugo Black wrote, "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state." Despite this, the White House has the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Among other things, this office award grants to churches and religious organizations. Does this mean that the taxpayer dollars of hardworking and not so hardworking Americans alike are going to religious organizations? Yes, yes it does. If I believe that women and men are equal, and should be able to wear the clothing they want, why should my money be going to an Islamic religious organization, when in most mosques, women are forced to wear headdresses and there are different doors for different genders? That's right, it shouldn't. Furthermore, any taxpaying American could have a downright opposition to religion. Why should their money go to religious organizations?

When taking and oath of office in the United States, Senators and members of Congress recite an oath that ends with "So help me God.". Personally, as an Atheist, I am outraged by this oath, and I can imagine how Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Wiccans, Pagans, and Satanists must feel about this. To run for U.S. Senate, the requirements are that one is at least thirty years of age, a resident of the state in which they are running, and an American citizen for at least nine years. By the oaths Senators must take when being sworn into office, it seems there is one more requirement: Christianity. 

While this is all bad, there is still a hint of somewhat good news, although with a downside: recently, a judge in North Carolina ruled that one may swear in on any religious text, not just the bible. This would be good because it means that Christianity is becoming less and less the state religion, except for the fact that this still means that one must be religious in the United States.

Make no mistake; In the United States, Church and State are not separated.

4 comments:

  1. The "so help me God" clause is not in the Constitution. Washington added it, and by tradition, the Chief Justice adds it because no one has told him not to.

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  2. That is precisely the point. Today's government is not separating church and state as the founders intended.

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  3. It's not Jesus should be stopped. Maybe more of athiests should shut up and disbelieve privately. The founder's never intended the government to separate church and state, they intended the government to stay out of the private affairs of the religious, no persecution as it were, which is what we are nearing today.

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  4. Atheists don't shut up because evolution is not being taught in schools. Atheists don't shut up because many Americans wont even consider putting them into public office. I would do a bunch more of those but I think the point is made. And for heavens sake, yes church and state were meant to be separated. The founding fathers didn't want the government to intrude on the rights of religions, but they also didn't want religion to control our government. Oh, and by the way, religion is doing as well as ever right now, and mostly because of how well government is treating it. If you read more posts on this blog, you'd realize all the benefits government gives religion. And do you know where those benefits come from? The tax payer dollar which most atheists contribute to.

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