The words “Separation of Church and State” are not found anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.
The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The “Establishment Clause” of the Constitution only prohibits the government from establishing a State Church and passing laws requiring people to be members of a particular religious denomination or organization. Like they had in England, where everyone had to be members of the Church of England, or they were imprisoned or killed.
The original intent of the “Establishment Clause” does not even prohibit the government from freely promoting a particular religion over all others. Congress has even been involved in printing Bibles in the past. The “Establishment Clause” just prohibits the government from passing laws requiring adherence to any religion. If that kind of a law has not been passed, then the Constitution has not been violated!
In addition, only the government can violate the Constitution, because a Constitution only applies to the government.
The idea of a government being bound by a Constitution comes from the Bible in Psalms 149:6-9 “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”
Founding Father and President Thomas Jefferson was referring to this passage of Scripture when he said “In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson
The people have the God-given right to make sure that their government is not oppressive and does not violate their rights. A Constitution binds the government not the people.
Therefore, the rights of people, even government employees (they are people too with the same rights as everyone else), to pray in public, read their Bible’s in school, talk to people about religion at work, school, and on the streets, are all protected by the “Free Exercise Clause” of the First Amendment.
As long as the government, or a government employee working in their official capacity, does not require anyone to practice or adhere to a particular religion, then the Constitution has not been violated.
Therefore, according to the Founders’ original intent of the 1st Amendment, coaches have the Constitutional right to lead voluntary prayer at ball games, The Ten Commandments can be displayed in Court houses and schools, and teachers even have the Constitutional right to teach the Bible in public schools as long as they allow those who do not want to participate to abstain from participating.
That is what our Constitution says, and if people don’t like it, they can leave this Country, and move to someplace like Afghanistan!
I have posted a more in-depth article about 1st Amendment rights on my blog at https://watchmenonthewallministries.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/laws-concerning-publically-sharing-the-gospel-with-others-in-america/
You can get a free pocket sized copy of the Constitution at http://lp.hillsdale.edu/free-pocket-constitution/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pocket_constitution
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