History of religion and government

The reason many immigrates came to America in the 18, 19, and 20 century was to flee the state sponsor religions or oppressions there of by the governments of some nations.

The first amendment to the constitution states:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”  Furthermore the sixth amendment states: “no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or Public Trust under the United States.”

The original writers of the Constitution felt so strong about the separation between the church and state, they made it the first amendment, the absolute law of the country.

While Christianity may be practiced by the majority of the population, it may be offensive to other nationalities that have legally immigrated here.  Today is no different than the circumstances of our ancestors 200 years ago. Every attempt  that has challenged  the interpretation of the first Amendment by US Supreme court has failed.

Our elected officials may want to practice Christianity as a trust  guiding their decision making powers while in office, those same powers that affects the American people clearly challenges the First amendment of the Constitution.  It would appear the word “Congress” may have different interpretations but the entire issue is about the separation  of church and state.  Only the courts can decide the interpretation of the word “Congress” but likely it has been challenged before with the same decision handed down  over time.

While a body of elected officials decide the establishment of new laws or amendment of existing laws it should be prudent for the guidance of their decisions be based on an absence of religious beliefs, otherwise some acts of the elected officials may have a negative effect on other religious beliefs and practices of the people legally immigrated to this country.

 

Wikipedia was used as a source of information for this article.