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Definition of Religion required

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Submitted by Thomas Wheeler (United States), Apr 6, 2011 at 15:37

I cannot understand nor accept that the First Amendment should be interpreted in any way as impying a seperation of Church and State. In fact, I think it implies the opposite, as it clearly provides for the "free exercise thereof." Why then cannot we exercise our religion in public schools? It seems to me that a definition of religion is required in order to enjoy the protection of the First Amendment. We would need a person with Solomon's wisdom to arrive at such definition. Nonetheless, I believe we need to do so.

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