It was stated in a letter by Thomas Jefferson as “I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
The “wall of separation” was not intended to keep religion out of politics, but to preserve the freedom of religion as stated in the First Amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”).
Let’s keep in mind that this was during a time of recent separation from England, and was designed to prevent the governing body from forcing the religion that they have chosen on the peoples of this country.
Today, it is unfortunate that the “non-religious few” have taken so much from the “religious many”. Perhaps more Christians need to stand up and lobby for their religious freedoms instead of standing silently by and allowing others to make their decisions for them.
After all, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord….” (Psalm 33:12), right?
Links for more info:
Jefferson’s Wall of Separation Letter
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