Opponents of joining the Church and the State argue that reference of the Constitution as sacred means that the Bible and the Constitution are the same. They thus feel that the constitution must be biased against other religions that do not follow the Bible teachings (Allen 21-23). There are many historical distortions surrounding the issue of separation of the Church and State. Although the issue of separation of the Church and State has been under discussion from the 1960’ s, there is a current notion that the principle emerged in 19th century.
Some argue that Thomas Jefferson is responsible for introducing for creating the notion of separation of State from the Church. They argue it was the elites of the 19th century who introduced religious concepts into the American Law. Those who support separation of State from Church claim that all laws that support any religious institutions should be eliminated from the American constitution (Allen 16-18). The main factor that evoked the issue of separation of Church and State was the need by religious leaders to protect the Church from by the State.
In the 18th Century, there were called by a religious group for freedom of the Church. They felt that intrusion of the State on Church on State matters would result in lost freedom and control of Church by the State. The mantra “ Freedom of religion” was common amongst federalist and Republicans, and it resulted in other mantras, such as religious liberty. Currently, religious mythologization of American history is based on the mantra “ Separation of Church and State. ” According to Allen, (15) “ [b]oth the right and left back upon the Founding Times and interpret them according to their particular agenda.
The right sees a Christian foundation of the American government while the left argues for a distinct, secular State. ” The right feels that conservative Christian takeover would occur if the State were not separated from the Church (Allen 15-18).
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