Separation of Church and State is Necessary for Freedom of Choice
We in America have the right to be free, so why not listen to the words of Thomas Jefferson and build a “wall of separation between church and state?” The wall of separation was Jefferson’s interpretation of the first amendment; however, the idea was actually founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams’. Jefferson’s belief was that religion was a personal relationship strictly between a man and his God and the government should not be allowed to restrict anyone from practicing their religion. With so many different religions in the United States, church and state must be separated to a certain extent because a close relationship between church and state puts constraints on the freedom of other religions.
To begin with, creationism is a great example of an ongoing religious conflict which has caused a lot of discussion. It is a lesson that all students should learn, whether in public school or private. The main concern is how teachers can teach creationism without crossing religious boundaries. Anderson addresses the importance of teaching creationism:
Considerable care and effort are needed to help students understand the difference between the methodology of science, with its naturalistic operational assumptions, and the naturalism as a worldview. (Anderson 89)Schools should not neglect teaching creationism when students are able to benefit from being informed about both beliefs of evolution and creationism. It is relevant as long as religious views are not infringed upon them.
Furthermore, school vouchers are unconstitutional and public funds should not be used to fund any kind of religious organization. Back in 1971 was the first time that the Supreme Court had struck down a law that would fund church schools. Currently the government is allowing school vouchers which will help pay for the tuition of private schools. If there were to be a real separation between church and state, the government would not be able to fund and type of religious organization. This type of funding is unconstitutional under the state and federal law. According to the American principle of church and state, religion is a private matter.
For the most part, God’s name should not be used in public schools. Prayer in public schools should not be allowed because prayer is a religious act. It is wrong for public schools to partake in anything having to do with religion. Many people of the religious majority have tried to make prayer optional. Can you imagine being part of the minority? The Pledge of Allegiance is still under controversy. In 2004, many religious groups gathered to discuss the addition of “under God” into...