Originally Posted by westcoaststrokin
Rashole can you point out in the Constitution where it mentions separation of church and state?
Separation of church and state is an excerpt from a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson. While there's some debate as to the origin of the separating "wall" theory, the ideological boundaries are outlined in the Bill of Rights Amendment I, not the Constitution itself. The Founding Fathers seemed to know the volatile prospects of established churches and government. The amendment outlined the Federal responsibilities, but not the States responsibilities. Subsequent rulings in all levels of court have upheld the law in both Federal and State venues. I do not have the time to provide examples, but encourage anyone to research them for reference.
I'm not a huge fan of Wikis for knowledge, but here is a link to the correspondence from 1802 between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut.
Letter to the Danbury Baptists - January 1, 1802 - Wikisource
Pertaining to religion and education, nothing is stopping anyone from enrolling their children into religious schools, provided the family can afford the associated costs of said education. We have enough trouble with public education in this country. Letting religion dictate publicly funded educational institutions and curriculum would be an unequivocal disaster. Those who oppose this idea, I say this to you; beware the unintended consequences. My wife and all of her siblings went to a small Christian school. She has, on multiple occasions, mentioned how it had an adverse affect on the religious beliefs. While she still has core beliefs, her faith in religious establishments has been virtually severed.
Originally Posted by daddyusmaximus
I fixed it for you...
The Judeo-Christian God, the ONLY God, is what this great nation was founded under... yet we grant freedom of religion to those who believe otherwise... who take advantage of the system to ruin the country... and too many just let them.
Religious freedom was a cornerstone in the construction of our society and government. While God is referenced on money and in political speeches, secular freedom is observed and necessary. It has always been that way.
Who exactly is taking advantage of religious freedom with the goal of ruining the country? Do you have specific instances?
"Gallup found in 2011 that 92 percent of Americans said they believe in God"
If that is the case why not stand up to the few who say they don't believe in God.
Really if you don't believe in God why are you so offended? Maybe it is because of the conviction of not having that relationship with God or because you are living for your own selfish ways.
Religion has a place for those who choose to make room for it. Don't believe that a number like 92% is any justification to make it universally required. You may see it as selfish, I would say I'm indifferent until provoked otherwise. I don't consider myself enlightened due to my lack of religion. I do not look down on those who consider themselves enlightened due to their own religious beliefs, why should the reverse reaction be any different?