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There is a specific reason why we are a secular government in the first place. That reason is because, if we were to say "Religion should have a place in government", then people will ask which one. Then my dear readers, we will have large amounts of bloodshed over which one's religion gets to be on top. Secular, is what a government must be, if it wants to keep its citizens from clawing at each other's throats. Secular Government in short = A safe and fair government.
The U.S. Government is not secular:
Secular: Not connected with religious or spiritual matters.
Cotting v. Godard, in 1901, the Supreme Court makes the case that the Constitution is but the “body and the letter” of the “thought and spirit” of the Declaration’s founding principles:
The first official action of this nation declared the foundation of government in these words: ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ While such declaration of principles may not have the force of organic law, or be made the basis of judicial decision as to the limits of right and duty, and while in all cases reference must be had to the organic law of the nation for such limits, yet the latter is but the body and the letter of which the former is the thought and the spirit, and it is always safe to read the letter of the Constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. No duty rests more imperatively upon the courts than the enforcement of those constitutional provisions intended to secure that equality of rights which is the foundation of free government.
The U.S. Government is merely the body and letter of the thought and spirit of the Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Supreme Court holds firmly that the Constitution must be read, interpreted and understood with regards to the Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Supreme Court also acknowledges that our Free Government is based upon religious principles.Also, when the Declaration of Independence was created and also when the 1st Amendment was officially added...the U.S. had multiple State Churches...none of which were removed or dissolved because of the 1st Amendment.
I do not know
if “God” plays a role in US politics; but what I do know, those who believe in
God have a role in US politics. As far as I know, there is no law stating only those
who are secular have a role in US politics; if there is, it is unconstitutional.
Jefferson (authored the U.S. Declaration of Independence) included the phrase,
“… the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God….” There is little doubt that
Jefferson and those of faith, both in his day and today, believed that God, or
some Divinity, created the universe and everything in it, including the physical
“Laws of Nature,” of which we are a product thereof. Expanding on this belief, it would be beneficial
for those of faith (a formidable segment of the global population) to embrace
Jefferson’s subtle point that the laws of nature are the handwriting of God;
and therefore, the scientific method is a way to read God’s handwriting.
Relative to this induction, those who are scholarly secular should consider the
reality that those who believe in Divinity are not going away any time soon,
and to wisely use Jefferson’s phrase as a uniting factor in the constructive evolution
of civil society by the moral benefits found in diversity of belief in US
politics. Hence, freedom of religion.
That is, “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” (clause one
of the First Amendment to the US Constitution).
Therefore, those who have a role in US politics
and believe in God, “Congress shall make no law of prohibiting the free
exercise thereof.” It is also known, that Congress made “no law respecting an
establishment of religion.”