Religion and Government
For the past several years I have been seeing many news stories about the separation of government and religion. These stories include citizens suing the government to remove items such as the Ten Commandments, crosses, and nativity scenes from government grounds, claiming that it is a violation of the constitution. This is ridiculous. Nowhere in the constitution does it state anything about a separation of government and religion. The first amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….." This simply means that congress cannot pass a law creating or establishing a national religion or keeping citizens from practicing their religion. That's it; nothing more and nothing less. Having a nativity scene in a city park is not establishing a national religion or keeping anyone from practicing their religion. The unfortunate thing is that courts have totally abandoned the true meaning and have come up with their own interpretations, which does not come anywhere close to the true meaning.
In actuality, religion has been a huge part of our country and the government itself, starting with the founding fathers that signed the Declaration of Independence, of which many were preachers and pastors. Our national motto is "In God We Trust", which first appeared on our money in 1864. The Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I am 100% sure that the reference to "Creator" means God!
So what is the problem with having the Ten Commandments, crosses, and nativity scenes from government grounds? It does not hurt anybody and a huge majority of the nation approves of these and other symbols.