One big example of the separation of the Church and State is removing the "In God, WE Trust" motto from our currency. The question is, why was that motto instituted and what is its purpose. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 140 which made mandated for all currency to have the motto. It originated from a Pastor's letter to Secretary Chase telling him that America would never survive if its strength was not the strength of God. This encouraged Chase to put the message on the coinage and later on be put on all the money we have in America today. It is shown throughout history the importance of Christianity and why it is all over America's buildings, money, documents, and famous speeches. Even Thomas Jefferson quoted: "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time" and asked ‘Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?’"
The main problem is that many people don't understand the full meaning of separation of the Church and State. There isn't an actual line in the Constitution that talks about these exact word but Thomas Jefferson coined these words in 1802, talking to priests and letting them know that the government wouldn't dictate what they would say. Also, people misinterpret the quote believing that the Church should instead get out of the State's business when it is merely the opposite. Our Constitution Framers based the Constitution on Christian views, for example, where did we get the idea of a three branch government, from the Holy Trinity. A Supreme Court Case battled with this controversy and in 1892, they declared America as a Christian nation, with John Quincy Adams supporting it and saying, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was, it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." Therefore, if our currency, Pledge of Allegiance and anything that has to do with God should be rejected, remember it is our great Founding Fathers who instituted these principles because of their Christian foundation.
Many public school districts in America require daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. At this point, school authorities know that they have to permit an exception for any child who had had other beliefs. After the court case of Lee vs Weisman, now that prayer is out of schools it seems that the US has moved away from God. That's why people know think that they can remove "In God WE Trust." and other important things that made up America. The future of America is undecided, but one thing is for sure: we are turning away from CHristiainty, yet that doesn't allow us to take away things that were instituted in the past, by our Great Founding Fathers.
Really, the essence of the question of separation between Church and State is about the background of the US and did we really have a religious background. Go back to the Mayflower, when the Puritans colonized Newfoundland. However, they believed in the ideal of separation of church and state only to promote true Christianity. A survey throughout the thirteen original colonies showed similar traits that each of them had a church and their officeholders had to have traits that resembled Jesus Christ. This is still true as there was little information about the Founders being deists and excluding religion from all of America. However, there is evidence supporting that when Jefferson was the governor of Virginia, he held prayer and fasting and him attended church services that were held in the U.S Capitol at that time.
There are many stories and views when it comes to religion in the US. People who don't believe in God think that motto's like "In God, We Trust" and other things like prayer in school should be abolished. Yet, people do have freedom of speech and religion, these things symbolize the past and how would America have been built without its past. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of our Nation stated that anyone who wouldn't have reverence toward the motto should be regretted showing that at the highest office in the US, there is still people who believe in God. Yet, it is the people who elect them to go into the office. Donald E. Wildmon, President of the American Family Association, said that this quote model "the notable precept of this whole noble experiment called America."