The Ten Commandments and the Establishment Clause

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The Ten Commandments and the Establishment Clause The United States of America is a free country that encourages its citizens to observe and express their freedom. This freedom is expressed in different ways and forms which include the freedom to exercise any type of religion without the government’s interference or support. This freedom is primarily safeguarded by the Constitution. The forefathers of American democracy proclaim the separation of Church and State to ensure that there is no encroaching of powers between the two entities. However, further actions of the state tend to support the cause of the church and vice versa. With these developments, one could argue that the state and the church are not totally independent from…show more content…
“But government of law, not people, promises much more: to remove the human element from that enormous array of decisions and issues we turn over to judges-encompassing the common law, interpretation of statutes and the broad reach of the federal and state constitutions-by deferring to a higher source, so that we may be, in this large domain, free of ourselves.” (Kairys 1998) (2) The belief of God and of higher being has an important role in the creation and the interpretation of the laws that are in effect today. The judges being the interpreter of law are human beings who also practices religion. They render decisions that are free from bias and influence from their beliefs, religion and even the political climate of the moment but, more often than not, their decisions are primarily based on their own interpretation of the law, their beliefs and the religion that they are practicing. The morality of man comes into play. It become common for judges to have a different interpretation even if they are resolving a similar case with the same nature that had been resolved earlier. The obscurity of the Establishment clause sprung from the varied interpretation of the judges who resolve the unconstitutionality of the case brought to its court. It is quite normal considering that the judges are humans with varying opinions, beliefs and religion. As long as the intent of the framers of the
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