From a new blogger I found … RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!
‘The new meaning takes away the freedoms of any who do not comply with the evangelical Christians, almost as though Christianity were the “official religion” of the U.S.’
Guess many are left out of the ‘new club’! Wondering what happened to separation ‘between church and state’?
By Robert A. Vella
The very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as part of the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791, states that:
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.
This separation of church and state was intended and repeatedly affirmed to ensure two things for the new nation: 1) that the United States government would be formally secular, and 2) that United States citizens could legally practice their various religions freely and without interference from other religions. In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, President Thomas Jefferson wrote:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes…
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