“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” – Thomas Jefferson, in a Letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut (January 1, 1802)
This then is the sole and only reference from which secularists have errantly concluded that the Constitution creates a wall of separation from Church and State. In taking this mistaken stance, they have completely missed the meaning that all churches are protected from the State’s incursion into spiritual matters that belong solely between church members and their perceptions of God. This is but one of the things that modern society has so totally skewed as to have missed the point entirely. There is nothing that separates the church from voicing its informed opinion and thoughts on any matter in the public square. But there is conversely this that states that the legislative branch will make no law establishing a national church nor may it prohibit the free exercise of one’s conscience.