Wherever there is a public display of the Ten Commandments or a politician who invokes the name of “Jesus,” there is usually some over zealous atheist who cries out for a separation of church and state. The concept of a separation between church and state is drawn from the language of the first amendment. The first clause of that amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This clause essentially prevents congress from both establishing a state religion and from prohibiting the people the free exercise of their personal religion. The purpose of such a clause was more to prevent religious persecution (from which many of the colonists were fleeing) than it was to ban religion from the public square altogether. Be that as it may, the American nation was intended to be a place in which people of all faiths (or no faith) would be welcomed to practice their personal preferences toward religion.