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Our Christian Heritage

What exactly does the First Amendment say about "The Separation of Church and State"? Answer: Absolutely Nothing!
So what does it say? ...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances."
The words "Separation of Church and State"  are nowhere to be found in the Constitution or any of our founding documents.
So let's define a few of the words that actually are found, as they are used...
Respecting: In this context, Respecting does not mean "to have respect for", it means "having to do with".
Establishment: In this context this means "founding" or "setting up". They are not allowed to set up a "National Religion"
Prohibiting: Quite simply it means "telling you you can't".
So in modern language it would state something like this...
"Congress shall make no law having to do with  the founding of a national religion, or telling you you can't freely exercise
your religion.
There was never any intention of keeping religion out of government.
And It was most certainly never intended to keep preachers
from talking about politics from the pulpit. In fact,
from the day that the Constitution was ratified in 1788 until 1954 (When the unconstitutional rule known as the ‘Johnson Amendment’ was enacted), it was the common practice for preachers to give "Election Sermons" and preach about candidates. Also, some of the first things our new government did were of an explicitly religious nature.
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William Rehnquist said the following about it...

"The metaphor of a wall of separation is bad history and worse law. It has made a positive chaos out of court rulings. It should be explicitly abandoned."
If you would like to know more, see this site - Separation of Church and State, or this site - Misusing 'separation of church and state'

- Deists, Atheist, or Christian? . . .
George Washington
"Make me to know what is acceptable in Thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help me
thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith, and repentance, increase my faith, and direct me to the true object,
Jesus Christ the Way, the Truth, and the Life, ..."
(from a 24 page authentic handwritten manuscript book dated April 21-23, 1752)

Abraham Lincoln
An Illinois clergyman asked Abraham Lincoln, "
Mr. President, do you love Jesus?" After a long pause, Mr. Lincoln solemnly replied:
"When I left Springfield I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I
was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated
myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus."
(The Lincoln Memorial: Album-Immortelles in the O.H. Oldroyd Collection published in 1883, page 366.)

 . . . So, you tell me.