Since I have no last name I hope that will be O.K. Being that I am over 60, it is hard for me to address you by anything then just your first name.
The reason I write is that the only place we know of the term: "separation of church and state" was in a letter written by Jefferson to some lady further south who had written a letter with the question of religion in government. I believe that he was saying that religion and government had no connection other then those beliefs held by each person and who were in the government. We today have given away rights in hoping to help the Black man (can't call them Africans, most haven't seen much of this country much less the land of their forefathers) get truly settled into the social structure. We will one day have to remove that and I am afraid we'll have to march to get them back. Anyway, religion is the start of many of the things this country has done. Roger Williams was asked to leave Mass. because he was more into following the good book then those in New England. They wanted their slaves, just to name one.
But religion is something that is hard to define. I just had a retired Col. tell me that he believed in GOD, but not in religion since it was man made. Well there is some truth in that statement. I find it interesting that most here are believers, which is good and which is Southern, I might add. Someone in this line did quote the Constitution correctly and pointed out why this government isn't following the intent of the framers but of those who came later. Why they banned prayer, for example is because someone had their feelings hurt over prayer in school and wanted it out. They used the "necessary and proper" clause of the 14th from the Bill of Rights instead of the Second. One of the reasons I am a Tea Party member is that the government isn't following the Constitution and hasn't for sometime now(1860). So are you a traitor if you go against this government in revolt if they no longer support, defend, the Constitution against all enemies thereof? Hard questions but a good line. I enjoyed reading your comments. You have a good day now, Ya'll hear.