Separation of Church and State??
Today I got into a little Facebook political argument that resulted in sadness. One of my former co-worker’s posted an article slamming Christine O’Donnell for being an idiot at her recent political debate for not knowing that the 1st Amendment of the Constitution includes the Establishment Clause which is the foundation for separation of church and state. Christine O’Donnell was defending keeping the education of Creationism in schools. This is the Christian view of the beginning of the universe, which as Catholics does not necessarily contradict scientific teaching that IS accepted and taught in public schools. Chris Coons attacked O’Donnell for not knowing that this is unacceptable teaching in public schools because of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. I do not defend Christine O’Donnell’s lack of knowledge of the Constitution Amendments, and it seems pretty clear to me excluding the over-attack of the media from my opinion, that she’s not the most ideal candidate. However, I want to argue that Coon’s use of the 1st Amendment to remove religious teaching in schools is complete bullshit.
The Establishment Clause was inserted into the 1st Amendment to ensure that the United States would never become a Theocracy and declare a single religion as the only lawful practiced religion. This was written by our early politicians who understood that America was made up of people who had recently fled countries where they were persecuted if they didn’t practice the specific religion of their former country. In other words, the establishment clause was inserted into the first amendment so that we would be free to practice religion without interference from the government. Instead it seems we have the opposite effect taking place in which these words are being manipulated to slowly remove the freedom to practice any religion at all. With the exception of behind the closed doors of a church and within the comfort of my own home, tell me where it is going to be still accepted for my daughter to be a practicing Catholic?
My brief Facebook argument was a rude awakening to the futility of political views ever reconciling together when at the core they are separated by ideology and religious principles. In the deceitful and cunning name of tolerance we are stripping out the very existence of God in society. Where is the tolerance for the majority of us that are religious?? As this abuse of Constitutional interpretation continues, individuals practicing religion will only become more legally inhibited to when, where, and how they will be able to practice their beliefs. If Hell can be defined as the complete absence of God, then what does that say about the direction of our country as politicians use the law to gradually strip God out of our daily lives?