Writing Assignment for Friday

Writing Assignment for Friday - Rolando Hernandez 9/23/11...

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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. Displaying the Ten Commandments in a federal building 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 last five Commandments, which are a set of rules by which most societies abide by. The Ten Commandments 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. By deciding to place this shrine inside the Alabama State Judicial building and refusing to take it down, Roy S. Moore has also violated Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which is entering
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judgment. No one under any circumstance is permitted to tamper with or manipulate government
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