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Rolando Hernandez 9/23/11 Prof. Setzer The Bible and American Culture Separation Between and State I am not in accordance with Chief Justice Roy S. Moore’s public display of religion in the Alabama State Judicial building for the reason that the exhibition of a religious monument in a government facility directly violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. Although Judge Moore has the right to freely practice whichever religion he desires, he does not posses the power to impose his faith on the U.S. government. This pious monument is not only giving preferential treatment to certain religions but is also clearly going beyond the boundaries of church and state. Some of the many laws in our country’s judicial system are based on the Ten Commandments, which are a set of rules by which certain religions abide by. These rules are based on the beliefs and teachings of religions such as Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Protestant, etc. The U.S. government shows some degree of acknowledgement for these religions by using the Bible in courtrooms and even at presidential inaugurations as a symbol for truth. However, we must not mistake symbolism with worship. America is said to be a religious nation, in God we trust, but the extent to which the country displays its religious fervor must be carefully restricted. Unlike Moore, Thomas Jefferson strongly upheld the concept of separation between church and state; a term which was derived from a statement he made in his letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. Roy S. Moore should also be penalized for his lack of good judgement on the matterBy placing the Ten
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