First Amendment: 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.

I always find it interesting to see how the idea of “separation of church and state” is twisted to distort it’s intended purpose. The term does not exist in our Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.

Our Founding Fathers did not want to have the churches of the United States influenced or controlled by the government in the same way they were in England. The Church of England took its marching orders from the King, and if the Church and King disagreed on a point, the Church kept quiet. Much as things are now, the King did not acknowledge a person’s belief in God, and placed himself above all things.

Freedom of religion under the 1st Amendment was a guarantee of protection for all churches from government influence. In our current political environment, “the separation of Church and state” idea is being used to remove any religious influence from public life. This is a perversion of the Constitution and an attack on the civil liberties of all individuals with a religious affiliation.

Our Founding Fathers had to stand for freedom of religion and other individual civil liberties by risking their lives and their sacred honor. We must be willing to do the same, or all of our freedoms, including our religious liberties, will perish.