Separation of Church and State

Given the following Statement…

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.

Why is it acceptable for a politician to invoke the name of a deity at a political rally?

Discuss.

5 thoughts on “Separation of Church and State

  1. Mostly because, despite the atheists’ rantings, that amendment in no way forbids the invocation of a deity during a political meeting of any sort.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

    The above doesn’t say anything about requiring secularism for politics. It only forbids the creation of an official State Religion or the curtailment through law of any religion.

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  2. can you point me to the quote? Was is McCain’t or the Palinator or the Obamacon?

    speaking of atheists, I can’t think of the last time I heard an atheist ranting in public about there not being a God. in my experience, they pretty much keep to themselves.

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  3. It was a McCain statement and I heard it on the radio.

    And, yes, it is much more common for someone to be ranting in public about the existence of God and how much the sinners are going to burn in hell…

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