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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:26 AM

Should a Constitutional Amendment ban religion from government? [View all]

With all the problems going on in the country today, Americans demand that our politicians put rhetoric aside and concentrate on the issues at hand. Whether it's getting people back to work, investing in education, strengthening our health care system or restructuring our tax code, Americans want to see action. However, conservatives these days seem to have their priorities all twisted up.

The Republican-lead House voted and passed a bill in November of 2011 that reaffirmed "In God We Trust" as the nation's motto adding zero jobs in the process. With overwhelming support, 369-9, the bill was passed without much of a fight. The issue of God in government has always been a hot button issue in politics, but a sensitive one as well. The conservatives in the religious right often hold their idea of "God" above everything else and push their faith into the lives of people who either don't share the same beliefs they do or don't want anything to do with them in the first place. The United States was not founded on God and isn't a "Christian Nation" by any means. The United States Constitution is a secular document and should stay that way. The words "God" and "Christianity" are never mentioned in the Constitution and religion is only mentioned sparingly starting with the First Amendment.

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At every turn the radical religious right seem to continue their agenda of pushing their beliefs on everyone in the country doing exactly what the Founding Fathers didn't want people to do. Whether it's their utter bigotry dealing with gay rights, the lack of concern for the poor as they continue to vote against programs that help them or the intolerance for people who might think differently than they do, something needs to change in the country to make it clear where America stands with religion. The constitution has twenty-seven Amendments and the question needs to be asked if number twenty-eight should be added as an official Separation of church and state. Banning religious ideology and religious text from government buildings, whether a courthouse or a school, should be looked into. People shouldn't be judged by what religious belief they hold, but as Martin Luther King said: "by the content of their character".

The United States is unique in that it has people from all walks of life with many belief systems. Some are Christian, others Jewish, maybe Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. Others are atheist or agnostic and don't want anything to do with religious dogma, but rather follow a path lead by scientific facts than questionable religious text. No matter what your path is, it should be kept to yourself without any judgment of others. The confusing position of religion in government needs to be ironed out, and unless we take religious judgment completely out of government, things will just continue as they are, and that is a shame.

http://www.examiner.com/article/should-a-constitutional-amendment-ban-religion-from-government

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