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Teaching Bible to Public School Kids

Posted by truthtalklive on August 14, 2007

Teaching Bible to Public School Kids 

Todays Guest: Dr. Seth O’Lartey

His website is www.golermemorialamezionchurch.org/

Contact Dr. O’Lartey @ solartey@aol.com or by calling  (336) 724-9411

Attention North Carolina Listeners August 18th is a special informational session in Greensboro @ Southside Baptist Church. 1:00pm to 5:00pm

rsvp (336) 282-8471 by 8/17/07


3 Responses to “Teaching Bible to Public School Kids”

  1. S. Stevens said

    I would like to refer to the comment made by one of your callers today when he asked if Rev. O’Lartey’s suggestion to teach school age children about God would be a violation of the “separation of church and state”. There is a great misunderstanding as to the original meaning of the separation of church and state.
    The phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group identifying themselves as the Danbury Baptists. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes: “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.”
    Another early user of the term was James Madison, the principal drafter of the United States Bill of Rights, who often wrote of “total separation of the church from the state.” “Strongly guarded . . . is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States,” Madison wrote, and he declared, “practical distinction between Religion and Civil Government is essential to the purity of both, and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.” This attitude is further reflected in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, originally authored by Thomas Jefferson, but championed by Madison, and guaranteeing that no one may be compelled to finance any religion or denomination.
    Separation of church and state was originally intended to prevent our government from forcing any one denomination of religion on each of us. It was intended for our religious freedom, not the elimination of religion in all things public.

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