Separation of Church and State

To confirm the understanding of the First Amendment provided that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Thus, so far as the Federal Constitution was concerned, states remained free to deal with the subject of religion as they saw fit, subject of course to limits in their own constitutions. Then with the addition of the Fourteenth Amendment to include the same guarantees of religious liberty as those contained in the First Amendment. Accordingly, the Constitution now prohibits both Federal and state governments from interfering with the church or religious liberty.

The "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief of disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a "wall of separation between church and state."

Consequently, churches that voluntarily submit to Federal Tax exemptions, ie 501c3 are already exempt and therefore enter into a private contract with the Federal government which limits their freedoms and liberties. Furthermore, churches are already exempt and do not need this unnecessary bondage.

I can not express enough how our constitutions are only adequate for a moral and religious people and as it is written in Article I, Section 7 of the Ohio Constitution;

"All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations. Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to good government, it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to pass suitable laws, to protect every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to encourage schools and the means of instruction."

That being said, government has a duty to promote and enforce Godly principles, which are in accord with our constitutions to guarantee our Freedoms and Liberties.



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