The Separation of Church and State

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By Franklin David

Our founding fathers had strong beliefs in the separation of church and state. All previous societies that were built upon religious beliefs eventually failed. Contrary to most people's stance, and due in part to our poor education system, "In God We Trust" did not originate with our Founding Fathers. "In God We Trust" was actually introduced on the U.S. currency in 1957.

Having "In God We Trust" on our money was never part of the Founding Fathers' philosophy. While most of our Founding Fathers were of Judeo-Christian descent, they understood the importance of separation of church and state. As I write this article, the Texas State Board is preparing the materials that will be used, over the next ten years, to teach most of Texas' students and students from other states that follow Texas' lead. Below is an excerpt from an article written by April Castro of the Associated Press.

"Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard."

Take the time to read the Constitution and the original Bill of Rights and you'll find that religion is only mentioned once. It is mentioned in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights, in order to protect our religious freedoms. Our Founding Fathers were very careful to assure the separation of church and state.

Being of Christian descent, I understand the desire to use our morale values & beliefs to shape our children's education and the policies of our government. However, like our forefathers, I too understand the inherent risk that exists with blurring the lines between church and state. For our country to return to its original beliefs, it will be necessary for all of us to understand the importance of why our Founding Fathers made the difficult decision to keep religion out of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.


Frank David - An entrepreneur given the opportunity to manage a website regarding politics and freedom in the United States.

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