For those of you who have always heard the term "Speration of Church and State" when it comes to prayer in schools, religous activity of any kind, even Christian Flags and markers in military cemetaries to name a few, let me educate you to this falicy. NO WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION ARE THE WORDS 'SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE". That statement was made in a LETTER penned by Thomas Jefferson to the Church of Danbury Asscociation:
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
Now that is a letter, not a Constitutional Amendment. Congress, nor any other law making body, can make or pass a law infringing on the FREDDOM of Religion or the Free Practice Thereof! No Laws. So when someone throws that Speration of Church and State in your face, laugh and hand them the copy of Jefferson's letter.