Dude, you, and most of the country have been brainwashed just like I used to be. If you read the history of the Founding Fathers, and the things they said while creating Government you'd know that the "Seperation of Church and State" was meant to keep Government out of religion, not the other way around. Back then there were so many different religions that the Founding Fathers didn't want the Government telling folks how and who they should worship. Infact if you see some of their quotes, they infact said that if you take religion out of Government, Government will go to hell. I mean, just read the Constitution. Most of it was based on Judeo-Christian philosophies.
Looking at the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is all you had to do to know that separation of Church and State is a bunch of bullshit.
Originally Posted by Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happines
The Framers built the Framwork of our Govt. on the basis of God. They kept God as a singular reference as to avoid any issues that stem from the Difference in Religions, or to have one Religion have Control, as it was with the Anglican Church in England at the time.
For the record: I am a deist, not a Christian. Like Many of our Founders, I believe God created everything; but does not interfere in the matters of Man.
It would be akin to me listening to an Ant Prayers in the Ant farm I created and then acting on them to change his destiny. Frankly, since I am made in God's image, he must have ADD just like me. I can't keep my attention on something for ten minutes. I find it hard to believe God has kept his attention on our "Ant Farm" all of eternity, much less grants our petty requests.
I too, believe that organized religion is bullshit, as many of the Founders did (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, etc. ); but they all believed that rights had to be given by God, not Government, so that no Govt. would be able to revoke such rights.
Originally Posted by Thomas Jefferson
The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
Originally Posted by essay "On Government No. I" that appeared in Franklin's paper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, on 1 April 1736. The author was John Webbe. He wrote about the privileges enjoyed under British rule.
Thank God! we are in the full enjoyment of all these privileges. But can we be taught to prize them too much? or how can we prize them equal to their value, if we do not know their intrinsic worth, and that they are not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature?
Here's Ben Franklin said in a letter to President Washington in his Address to the Constitutional Convention on the topic of prayer:
Originally Posted by Ben Franklin
[B]I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
When you separate God from Govt. those rights go from given by God himself to Given by Govt itself; and then those Inalienable Rights that we cherish so dearly become but a Gift from the Government and can be taken away from the People.