Church and State
Though many religions are practiced in the United States, the country has a secular government and does not have an official state religion. The US Constitution contains provisions that demonstrate the Founders’ desire to draw a distinction between civil and religious affairs, commonly referred to as the separation of church and state. The First Amendment forbids the government from endorsing or establishing a religion and from preventing someone from practicing a religion. Article VI of the Constitution protects public officials and civil servants from having to submit to a religious test.
Governments that claim to operate under a divine authority are considered theocracies, including the Catholic elective monarchy of the Holy See and the Islamic governments of Iran, Pakistan, and...Read more