A Superintendent Writes… Political Lies / Political Truths – Part 1

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In response to the 4/22/15 post, “Political Lies  / Political Truths – Texas Senate Version” a Superintendent asks the following:

SC,

While I appreciate and support your position.  Can you show me where in the Constitution the words, “separation of church and state” are located?

SC Response The concept of a “separation of church and state,” is based on the reading of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Now, by both their word and deed, there are those in the Texas Senate who don’t view the 1St Amendment as applicable to their law making. For those Senators, I refer them to the source documents written by our Founding Fathers. In this case, I specifically highlight Jefferson’s Letter to Danbury Baptists. 

…Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. (T. Jefferson, 1802)

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