Coming in up in a few months is our country’s Presidential election, where people of all shapes and sizes and varying degrees of intellect will be heading to the polls to choose the next President of the United States. While we hear different candidates from parties that you could probably give two fucks about, I figured it would be a disservice to you guys, the readers of our website, if we didn’t explain some of the most important issues that you might be getting off your ass to vote on.
This week I’m going to cover a pretty big topic that will without a doubt piss off some people (which I’m pretty good at), separation of church and state. Before I’ll get into why it’s such an important topic within politics and especially in this upcoming election, I’ll give the simplest definition of what shit all of this actually means:
The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” and Article IV specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required” as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Wait, what? Pretty much in a nutshell, the Supreme Court has but in a measure to make sure our fine country isn’t overtaken by crazies like the Duggars and the Westboro Baptist Church.
And before someone on the web straps a burning cross to my lawn and calls me a heretic, I’m not against religion. People in this shitty world we all do a horrible job of sharing are allowed to believe in whatever they want to. But this measure has been created to protect other people’s religious beliefs. So when some dude next to you thinks that a disembodied, all-knowing being from the heavens says gay people should have less rights than he has, you can promptly kick him in the gonads and remind him that’s actually a product of people being douchebags.
So the separation of church and state exists so there is a gap between what people believe according to religion and what laws will affect the masses of our country.