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Church and State?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Ten Commandments being allowed to stay in a government building. There are many who throw around the phrases of “separation of church and state” or “unconstituational.”

What so many people do not realize is that there is no where in the constitution that states that there should be a separation of church and state. This phrase has for so many years been taken out of context. If more people would research where this phrase came from they would realize that it was written by Thomas Jefferson who was telling a state within the colonies that it could not make a state religion.

Simply speaking, Jefferson did not want that state to tell the people living there that they could only practice one religion within the boundaries of that state. Having the Ten Commandments in a government building is not telling someone to join a Christian denomination of sorts, it is simply showing a guideline of how we as human beings should live our lives.

I do not feel that there is anything wrong with showing on a stone monument the words “Do not kill,” or “Do not commit adultery.” If more people lived by these guidelines there may be more peace in the world.

Leanna Owens


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