Separation of Church and State Persuasive Essay by Peerless

Separation of Church and State
The paper presents the argument that a commitment to the separation of church and state does not mean that no religious sentiment, symbolism or ideal should emanate from government.
# 9711 | 1,215 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in History (U.S. After 1865) , Law (Constitution) , Religion and Theology (General)

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The paper shows how, for two millennia, church and state were either linked or joined. Examples are given from England, Russia, Germany and the American states during the colonial period. The paper describes how the separation of church and state first came about in America and how the term has been grossly misinterpreted as eliminating religion from secular life. The phrase in the First Amendment calling for a separation of church and state is discussed.

From the Paper:

"It must also be stressed that the phrase "separation of the church and state" does not appear in the Constitution but is the mere misinterpretation of our courts. Jefferson's mention of the "wall" referred only to that protection of the church from the state, not vice-versa (The Myth) so that the church could teach Biblical truths and values to people. It is not even one being protected from the other, but only the church being secure from the corruption and influence of the state, symbolizing the world."

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