Grace Hammons
Grace Hammons
The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student author.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” What exactly does this mean? My interpretation is that Congress should not interfere with religion. History has shown us that corruption occurs when such events take place. Thomas Jefferson would have agreed with me. The Danbury Baptist Association drafted a letter to Thomas Jefferson saying freedom of religion was a right given by God. The government should not have to grant natural rights to the citizens. Jefferson agreed with him; however, he did go on to say “There ought to be a separation from church and state.”

Should there be a separation between church and state? The separation between the church and state started through the establishment clause, but no where in the constitution does it say religion cannot be in our government.. The First Amendment was interpreted incorrectly. Today court uses the First Amendment to prohibit religious activities that the Founders once encouraged! The Founders never envisioned the First Amendment as a tool to separate religious principles from public affairs, they thought that it would preserve those values in public life.

I believe the government has misconstrued the Founders’ intentions and have slowly, but consistently, eroded the Religious Foundations our country was built upon. I encourage all to continue to stand up for and EXPRESS your beliefs so that We, THE PEOPLE, may start to chip away at the restrictions the government has created for us.