I've long held the belief that the First Amendment has been perverted by the liberal left portion of our nation. One only needs to ask, "What does a voluntary prayer have to do with the establishment of laws," to see the fantastic stretch of imagination that is required to be a liberal supporter of what has become the modern day "separation of church and state."
A series of Supreme Court cases, beginning with Everson v. Board of Education, has perverted the First Amendment, and led to a slippery slope of rabid condemnation of our country's foundation of beliefs. This nation was not founded by atheists, nor was it founded by muslims. It was founded by Christians who had a strong desire to escape religious persecution in England. Now, Christians face religious persecution in America, while muslims, who openly seek the destruction of our nation, seem to be a protected species; what an ironic twist.
Everson v. Board of Education led to the belief that there must be separation of church and state; I dispute that belief. I believe that the First Amendment was intended to prevent the establishment of a national (or state) church. It was NOT intended to prevent kids from praying in school, or the display of the ten commandments in front of a courthouse (no laws passed in either case, right?). The perversion of this court decision (and the others that followed) is absolutely disgusting. It is now assumed that any mention of God by a member of any government body is an official, state recognition of a particular religion. Nobody even acknowledges that Everson v. Board of Education started out as an argument about funding school buses.
We now live in a nation where Christians are actively ridiculed by members of their own government for simply being Christian. Our President even poked at Christianity when he lamented that certain red states cling to "...their guns and bibles." This is a sad state of affairs.
I believe that our nation is speeding down a path that will be difficult to backtrack upon. We only need look to Europe (which we fought to become independent from) to see our future; it's pretty bleak.