Freedom of religion or Not?

(Source: Original Intent, The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion - by David Barton)

Consider the following decisions delivered in the jurisdictions of contemproary courts (past 50 years):

"Separation of church and state" appeared in only two cases in the Supreme Court's first 150 years, however, in the past 50 years, it has been cited in countless number of cases, with some of the following absurdities:

So why did the founding fathers put "Separation of church and state" in the constitution? They didn't. "Separation of church and state" is not in the constitution and it is not in the amendments. The First Amendment simply states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

A verbal prayer at school, a bible on a teacher's desk, a nativity scene displayed on public property, a student reading his Bible at school, none of these comes close to be "establishment of religion by the Congress".

Who are the judges who decided on these cases? They are not elected by the people. They are selected by the President and confirmed by the Senates. The President and the Senators are however elected by the people. That is where we as citizens have the responsibility to choose appropriately.

John Francis Mercer said in the Constitution Convention, "It is a great mistake to suppose that the paper (Constitution) we are to propose will govern the United States. It is the men whom it will bring into the government, and the interest they have in maintaining it, that is to govern them. The paper will only mark out the mode and the form; men are the substance and must do the business." The Constitution does not govern the people, it is the government. James A. Garfield, former President of the United States over hundred years ago recognized the problem already. He said, "Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. If the next centennial (which is our time) does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." The people are responsible for these absurdities. We will see more absurdities, more corruption, if we do not demand these high qualities to represent us in the government.

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