When the Founding Fathers framed the Constitution, it's unlikely that they did so thinking that the clause stating, "Congress shall make no law(s) respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there-of," more commonly referred to today as "The Separation of Church and State," would become such a divisive issue. It was also meant to have the reverse effect regarding the church's influence on or over the government. At that time, the majority of those who took part in developing the Constitution were of Christian faith as was much of the country (Native Americans excluded). It was a solid, well-intentioned clause that worked at that time. What happened? What happened to that wall of separation between church and state?
Today, America has a diverse collage of religions that are practiced and celebrated. It's one of the things that make the land of the free and the home of the brave so great. The problem is, so many of our politicians have become "Election-year Christians." They've breached the wall erected to keep church and state separate. Making bee-lines to their nearest houses of worship, denomination aside. They hustle and manipulate congregations, attempting to drum up support and votes, not to be seen again for the next two to four years. Today, we also see the church's influence on domestic policy. Candidates and their surrogates have poured millions of dollars into securing Evangelical votes. In recent years, candidates have also learned how to "Game," or take advantage of persons of faith and their emotions. Gaining their trust and their votes. Claiming all the while to be holier than thou, or the other guy. Is this right?
Many of these politicians are the very same folks who are quick to complain about there being too much government involvement in our personal lives. They have no problems introducing legislation that does the exact opposite, as so long as it suites their political needs. Never mind the fact if they really believe in the legislation that they introduce. They'll do and say whatever. Just so long as it gets them into office. Election Year Christians. Can't live with em'. Can't live without em'. They are what they are. That being the epitome of the word hypocrite. GOD help us!
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