Co-Chairs:

The Right Reverend
Roger Bowen Weld

The Reverend
Rebecca E. Willis

The Chamber of Concerned Christians for Separation of Church and State has adopted the historical perspective of the founding fathers on the issue of separation of church and state. This position insures that all religious organizations will be allowed to coexist outside of the influence of any individual or group of individuals who might wish to use the powers of the state for coercion. The establishment of religion clause of the First Amendment to the United States constitution is especially important to minority groups. The Founding Fathers went to great lengths to insure that minorities would not be subjugated by the will of the majority. To this end the rule of law was established.

The Chamber of Concerned Christians for Separation of Church and State recognizes the right of the individual under law to liberty and freedom of conscience. The doctrine of separation of church and state arose to protect religious liberty and freedom of choice in religion. The United States has provided fertile ground for the growth of unorthodox beliefs. Atheism and secular humanism, for example, have been given the status of religion by the courts of the land, and the once venerated branch of philosophy known as metaphysics has assumed cult status in contemporary "new age" popular culture. Historically, of course, metaphysics was concerned with knowledge of creation outside of the empirical sciences. As such it has always been closely related to religion.

The wisdom of the Founding Fathers allowed the establishment of a system of government that could accommodate all beliefs. This has led to a flowering of religion which is unique in all the world. From the early days of the Puritans, who sought to establish a light upon the hill for all to see, through the first and second great awakenings and the waves of sectarian movements that followed—Unitarian, Mormon, Quaker, Mennonite, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, and Christian Scientist, to name a few—all eagerly awaited the promise of a new heaven and a new earth where they could reap the benefits of the Promised Land.

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