Our Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees our religious freedom, and it is meant to keep religion out of the government. Thomas Jefferson was the first one to use the phrase, “separation of church and state” when he said:
“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.”
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) thinks that the separation of church and state is “unconstitutional.” He helped keep a 29-foot cross on display on public lands in Southern California. He sponsored a resolution calling for the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses and other government facilities.
Sessions once had a disagreement with Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) because Leahy swore in witnesses without requiring them to say, “so help me God.” Sessions said:
“Ninety-five percent of the people believe in God. An invocation of His name, in conjunction with the seriousness of telling the truth, has an importance beyond mere legal requirement.”
He was just a little bit off. Hey, Jeff, only 70.6-percent of the American population are Christian. There are 22.8 that are not religious at all. We deserve rights, too. This man has no business being at the head of the justice department since he doesn’t seem to know how the First Amendment works.