The separation of church and state is an often misunderstood political and legal doctrine. It usually means that the government cannot interfere with religion...and religion cannot interfere with the government (which is not necessarily true).
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|Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...|
That's it folks! Congress cannot legislate what a religion is and establish it by law...and Congress cannot prohibit people from practicing their religion...however it is defined by them.
There are two things that are important to note here...,
nothing in the Constitution that prohibits religion from interfering in
Second...there is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits Congress from supporting religion (it just can't create one).
So much for the wall of separation of church and state (which is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in his private letters).
Churches don't like government interference and sometimes object to it even in court...where they lose...and rightly so.
Here's how that happens...
|The government interferes with religion only at the invitation of the churches...and with their consent.|
That's right. Under the First Amendment the people are free to associate and not to associate...they are free to associate by contracting with each other.
churches open the Constitutional border that keeps government out by
crossing the border to contract
with the government (applying for social security...school
vouchers...applying for tax exemption by submitting
a 501c3 application...by a minister applying
for a government license to conduct weddings in his or her own
church...and so forth.)
Under such contracts there is no constitutional violation of separation of church and state.
This is not a boundary violation...it is a boundary obliteration...by the church...not the government.
Appropriate separation of church and state is compromised by the consent of churches seeking to be governed by the state rather than by God.
contracts are so sacred to the Constitution that it says a State shall
make "no law impairing the obligations of contracts" This was extended by the Supreme Court to the Federal government (Google: Sinking Fund Cases).(Art 1 Sec. 10).
So...once a church enters into a contract with the government...even the Constitution cannot interfere to save it from any dissatisfaction that may arise. So claiming in court unconstitutional government interference in religion...after there is a contract in place...is a sure loser.
Churches must abide by any government rules or regulations under the agreement to which the churches gave their consent (by applying).
|Anyone is free to contract away their constitutionally protected rights (an example would be...by applying for military service and consenting to be tried by courts martial instead of under the due process clauses of the Constitution).|
But, what happens when the state and the church are one and the same?
This is precisely the case in catholic ministry because the Vatican is a sovereign country among the other nations of the world in addition to being the central location of the church.
Go from separation of church and state to Christian socialism to read how churches attempt to 'baptize' secular economic and political theory and make it religious truth...even if it contradicts the Ten Commandments.
There many ways the church crosses religious and Constitutional boundaries by denying the truths of God's politics for the falsehoods of human politics.
And there are insidius ways that the state attempts to establish an anti-religion religion by making a political issue of the gender of God that makes humans the creator of God while dethroning God as the creator of humans. And how secular gender politics recreates God in our human image and likeness.