Our founding Fathers wrote a Bill of Rights and our Constitution to protect the public from our own government, and any would be attackers(read lawyers) of our everyday pursuit of happiness. Included in this was a separation of Church and State.
Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
To understand the reasoning of the founding Fathers of our Constitution we must look at why this issue was important to them.
In England the head of the Catholic Church had great political power. Enough to "advise" the King as to everyday policies, and even in legal matters that affected the country. Using the prop of the Church's status to do evil, was prevalent in those days.
Knowing these things, our founding Fathers included the separation of Church and State. The intent was to keep any one individual from becoming so powerful as to rule/advise on legislation or law that would effect the the public. They were being awarded the election of Representatives to facilitate self government. There was no reason for a Papal adviser.
The intention was never to keep prayer out of our schools, away from our athletic events, and certainly not to create watchdog groups to tell us when we can pray, how we can pray, or to whom we should pray.
Simply, it was to keep one person from becoming so powerful, that their wishes would become law.
How important an issue was this? It was listed first! My emphasis for this post lies in a simple, yet stern statement: or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
To all those who wish to tell us when we can worship/pray, please leave us alone. If you continue to push us, the fight for our rights will turn ugly. Remember God gave Israel the army to conquer the ungodly and create the State of Israel.
We as Christians know God has not left us alone. It's time you realize that we are not alone, and you really don't want to be found fighting against God.
God bless each of you.