A recent letter included, "I believe many of us have forgotten a major tenet this country was founded upon: the separation of church and state."
Thomas Jefferson penned the phrase "wall of separation between church and state" to reassure the Danbury (Conn.) Baptist Association that because of separation of church and state, the government would never interfere with their public religious expressions. This was to give them comfort that the government would not interfere in religion, not to keep religion out of government.
Two days after Jefferson wrote his letter, he attended church in the U.S. Capitol. This use was authorized by him as president of the Senate. He attended services there faithfully during his eight years, even ordering the Marine Band to play worship services there.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" -- no one wants a church of the United States, but kicking Jesus out of public life definitely does not square with the second clause of this amendment, nor the beliefs held by a majority of the founding fathers.
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Stanley D. Bridges