Separation of Church and State

church_state-600x320There is broad confusion — by design, some say — about the issue of separation of church and state. The issue is regularly and routinely debated during the holiday season as various factions argue whether or not the government can or should allow clearly religious displays on public property.

In many cases, the arguments against religious displays of any kind at Christmas (or any other time of the year) cites that such displays violate the U.S. Constitution definition of “separation of Church and state”.

The problem with such arguments is that the U.S. Constution says no such thing. Read it here.

The first amendment clearly defines the rights of religion, inclusive of the requirement that Congress is prohibited from imposing any religion on the citizens of the United States.

With the passage of a federal bill declaring Christmas a national holiday in 1870 the issue has increasingly become contentious, usually peaking with each holiday season.

For the record, the prohibtion on Congress is the only official mention of religion in the U.S. Constitution. The back and forth of opposing factions and the lawsuits they file reflect the interpretation of individual judges of the U.S. Constitution. While “separation” is frequently the buzzword in the media, it is rarely upheld by a court because “separation” is not in the Constitution.

1 Comment Posted

  1. The first amendment guarantees the freedom OF religion AND FROM religion, thus the government is prohibited from establishing (preferring) a church, etc. I am not subject to yours; you are not subject to mine. The history of Christmas has little to do with religion, and was barely celebrated religiously until the later 19th century . What we celebrate as Christmas is a Yuletide celebration, which was deemed, long post factco, the official Roman Church’s date on which to celebrate the birth of a certain Jesus.
    As for Merry Christmas, there are THREE holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years (…some celebrate Chanukah, and sometimes Ramadan falls during the same season). The non-use of the word Christmas is about convenience, nothing else.
    If one is so infantile to be offended by the convenience of “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” & would welcome Christmas being used to sell more merchandise, fine, Merry Christmas. But if you complain about the over commercialization of Christmas later, blame your own damn self.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas or Chanukah, and Happy New Year….or I could just say , Happy Holidays !
    ( see, all of them, not just Christmas.)
    I’m sick of this War on Other Holidays!

1 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. 8 Things To Consider About Duterte’s Three-Child Policy Proposal

Leave a Reply