Old Ben Franklyn fought most of his life to keep organized religion out of what became the constitution of the United States of America. He and others, such as Thomas Jefferson, fully accepted the concept of God, but were adamant in keeping “churches” out of government. Now, we have too many people demanding that this country proclaim a national church, which is forbidden by the constitution. Sarah Palin is out, now we need to get Bachman and Perry out, along with others demanding a state church or religion.
The purpose of specifically denying a national religion is to give every religion an equal opportunity to exist; to give every citizen the right to his or her belief. Freedom of religion means just that: our government cannot tell you which religion, if any, to belong to. There are hundreds of religious sects in Christianity, and in Judaism, and in Mohamedism, and on and on. The purpose of a religion is to draw people together, create a moral atmosphere that is designed to make one a better person, and to worship a god. Those that believe should not be pitting their beliefs against all the others, and that is exactly what happens when a state religion is created. If you doubt that statement, have a chat with your local, friendly representative of the Taliban.
Some people don’t believe in gods, others become raving maniacs during a discussion on religion. In our country, both have every right to believe the way they do, and no government agency can tell them otherwise. Let’s keep it that way.
As always, read good books and stay regular.