Declaration Of Independence Letter To Danbury Baptists

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When comparing documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, one must consider the dates on which they were drafted upon along with the current state of American government. These two points are necessary when determining the reasoning behind why each document was drafted. The Declaration of Independence was the first of these three documents to be written and was used to establish that the citizens of the United States of America were free from the rule of Great Britain. The second of these documents to be written was the U.S. Constitution. Many of the articles in the Constitution derived from the ideas of basic human rights that Thomas Jefferson expressed should …show more content…

This document was drafted and taken in by Congress unanimously in July of 1776. The Declaration of Independence merely states how a government should work and what freedoms should be had by a person living in the free country of the United States of America. This declaration of freedom declared the United States as an independent nation that considers all men to be created equal that have access to unalienable rights. Also, it gives the citizens of the United States of America the ability to overthrown their government if it fails. These few topics summarize most of the important standpoints declared in this …show more content…

Drafted in 1802, this letter gained great controversy because of how the President Jefferson responded to the letter. At the time, the separation of church and state was almost nonexistent. This term of separation was not clearly established until this letter became publicized. The first amendment clearly stated what freedoms Americans could express; however the state had a grasp on most churches even after the Constitution. The separation of church and state was intended protect the church from the state. Once Thomas Jefferson declared his stand on the first amendment the churches felt they could finally be free from the state. The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution most likely understood the complete meaning of separating God from government because they were God-fearing people; however, they may not have completely understood the separation of church and state as stated previously. The meaning of separating God from government is simple. All laws and rights originate under God. The Bible is law and what is not in alignment with God’s law is not law. Government was formed under God and should not be separate while church and state should be separate because they are given different tasks by

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