LETTER: No law mandates separation of church, state
To the Editor:
There are a lot of people that believe there is a law that separates church from state. There is no such law. The Founding Fathers would never have made such a law. They even prayed at the opening of Congress on a daily basis.
Here is what the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Now, anybody that can read can clearly understand that Congress is not supposed to respect one type of religion over another. However, it does not say that there shall be a separation of church and state. It also clearly states that Congress is not supposed to make any law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.
So, according to the First Amendment, any religion can have freedom to be exercised wherever it wants to. Freedom does mean without inhibitors.
So, we should be able to use the name Jesus Christ anywhere we want to, including public places. We should be able to pray in schools if we want to. We definitely should be able to display the 10 Commandments anywhere we want to, especially in a court of law.
Freedom of religion does mean freedom -- there are no ifs, ands or buts about it.