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News Do you think founding fathers allow the states to make laws about religion

  1. Mar 22, 2009 #1
    I know there will probably be lots of disagreements with what I am about to say concerning the First amendment of the Bill of Rights, but I will just go ahead in say it: I don't think the founding fathers of the United states wanted the individual to decided whether s(he) wants to choose or reject a religion, I think that power was implicitly granted to the US states. Here is what the first amendment of the Bill of Rights from the US constitution says:

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights#Amendments

    Notice the quote doesn't say anything about what states or local governments are and are not allow about laws concerning the creation of laws related to religion. It only says governments are not allow to create laws related to religion, on the federal level. I think the founding fathers didn't want the federal government to create one federal religion for the country to follow. Here what the 10th amendment says concerning the power of the US states


    Laws not explicitly writen in the US constitution were left to the US states.

    So what do you think? Do you think the founding fathers intentional gave the US states power to create a state religion or not to create a state religion for each US state?
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  3. Mar 23, 2009 #2


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    Your interpetation was never intended and this was clarified in the 14th amendment:
  4. Mar 24, 2009 #3
    url]http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am14[/url][/QUOTE. The Founding fathers were already dead for almost 70 years when the 14th amendment was annexed to the Bill of rights. The
    fourteenth amendment was written into the bill of rights after the US
    Civil war and it initially applied to the newly freed slaves of the
    country . mainly written to protect the rights of the newly freed slaves,
    , along with the 13th and 15th amendments. The 14th amendment doesn't say
    anything about what US laws US states are allowed to make concerning
    religion. One could intepret depriving a person of there liberty by not
    allowing a person to openly pray in public places like schools , public
    libraries, courthouses, and other public placesI. Are you just going to
    ignore the 9th and 10th amendments amendments? You still haven't provided me an explanation as
    to why the founding fathers did not explicitly write in the 1st amendment
    that state governments were not allowed to created laws concerning how
    religion should be regarded. still think the foundinng fathers intended
    for the first amendment to restrict our federal government rather than
    state and local governments from creating one national religion. You have
    to remember when this country was founded, the english colonies , colonies
    that would later become states, were already sovereign. the US states
    helped make the US constitution the supreme law of the land. I think the
    founding fathers valued the autonomy of the states more so than the
    autonomy of the indvidual. Because the founding fathers would have also
    written that state governments as well as congress shall not create any
    laws respecting a religion or prohibit the practice of any particular
    religion and there would have been no need for the 14th amendment.
  5. Mar 24, 2009 #4


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    Locked. Pentazoid you know the rule and placing the thread in history isn't a work around.
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