The Seperation of Church and State

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There seems to be another movement arising concerning the separation of church and state.
We have a high level government official visiting Sarasota in the next
few weeks to enlighten us. I remember this movement surfacing 8 years
ago. We had just moved to Sarasota
and it was about a week after the 2000 elections. My wife and I decided
to go, thinking it would be a good way to meet people in our
neighborhood and get politically involved in a nonpartisan issue at the
same time.

As the meeting got under way, a crowd of about 50 people had gathered.
I thought the speaker did a great job of presenting the case for
separation of church and state. Our founding fathers
certainly didn’t want a state church, and obviously most people today
don’t want it for all the same reasons the founders wrote about during
the founding of our country.

As I stated earlier, this was right after the 2000 election and the”open minded” hate Bush crowd
was just gaining momentum. It became real obvious from the start that
this meeting was more about hating Bush than about the separation of
church and state. To them, it was not a bipartisan issue. It was clear
from the start, that as a conservative, I couldn’t possibly agree with
them, I didn’t really have a right to an opinion, and I sure didn’t
have a right to express it. I agreed with them on most issues, but to
this day they will never know that because of their hatred.

Anyway, that is in the past. It is what it is. The more important issue
is what the separation of church and state means. Basically, it means
that we will have no state sponsored church, such as the Church of
England, or that our government won’t be run by a religious fanatic as
happens in some countries. This is all well and good, and is what it
should be.

We, in America have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. We
are free to practice whatever spiritual beliefs we may have. As we grow
and change our beliefs may change and we are free to pursue those
beliefs and discover how they fit into what we already believe. It is
every one’s right to practice their spiritual beliefs or lack of them,
as long as they don’t infringe on some one else beliefs. I was taught
that if some one’s beliefs are different than mine, to sit quietly and
respect their beliefs, thereby giving them the same respect and courtesy
I would expect.

Because of political correctness many of our common sense principles have gone out the window. It is now
OK to shout four letter obscenities in school but our children aren’t
allowed to utter the word GOD. Prayer isn’t allowed in school , but it
is OK for teachers in Washington State to have sex with their students
provided the student is over 18, if the student is a minor they have to
bring a note from their parents.(just kidding.) It is permissible and
acceptable for a minister to shout G-D America from the pulpit.

The list goes on and on, I agree there should be a separation of church
and state, however that doesn’t mean that a generic prayer can’t be
given in a public setting, that doesn’t mean that a government official
can’t express a belief in God. Our founding fathers all had a belief in
a higher power and God help us if our elected officials ever become
non-believers. They need all the help they can get to solve the
problems of the day.

In today’s world, we have enough separation of church and state, what we really need is to abolish separation of God and state.


The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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