The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State

The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State
July 2, 2019 No Comments » Faith, Local Politics, News Diane Rivera López

The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State

By Diane Rivera López

July 2, 2019

As we anticipate a threshold to occur in our nation’s assimilation of the true interpretation of “separation of church and state” we can adhere that we must pursue its truth and establish its intent in the hearts and minds of our nation. Above all misconceptions, misuse or reprisals we affirm this truth to be faithful to our protections and principles as the church body, and for the use of all freedom of religious expression and rights. In a most pressing time of great defiance and debate over religious rights, it is a term that has been deceptively altered and applied in contrast to its beginnings, and the overall application of such.

The term is a derived phrase of, “wall of separation between church and state,” as written in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists Association back in the year 1802. The original text reads: ” …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 & State.” Jefferson speaking in the content that the government is not to interfere with religion or the free exercise of.

This well-known phrase was quoted in the United States Supreme Court in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947. The phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the United States Constitution, unlike many thinks.       This First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or regards to the free exercise of, it does not state that its citizens as believers were not to partake or perform in any active duty, community activity or becoming involved in the right to vote or speaking, in regards to governmental matters, running for political office or governmental positions. 

More so, it also does not require a voter to exercise their vote against their own conscience in what they perceive to be wrongful or against their religious belief. As a free citizen, we may counter and resist certain practices or policies that could jeopardize our freedom of religion or expression, pertaining to what we believe is a conflict of interest and individuality to exercise the   free will of. It is at this moment of decision that we should not separate our vote from our heart’s conviction, simply to accommodate someone else’s voting preference.  One individual within itself can be narrated as “state and church” all in one body, in one voice and in one vote.

As a law abiding and free-standing citizen, we are the state and must act accordingly to our best ability to comprehend the current issues and consider all angles, but yet commit to our preference of identity, and by no means be obliged to subdue to what is contrary to our well being or overall choice. It is at this pivotal point where we also are “the church” for the church is not the four walls that some would like to limit us to, or the voice that some would like to silence us, while jeopardizing our first amendment free speech rights. The church is the active body of individuals that have the best intention not only to serve our citizens respectfully, but to firstly honor our creator by pledging to keep his higher authority, principles and teachings alive and active not only in us but outwardly in our daily lives and the lives of those around us.

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Diane Rivera López was born and raised in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Her ministerial walk started in her local church serving as Sunday school bible teacher for children, a youth leader and later became a secretary, as well as a deacon. She became a Director and writer in a tract ministry for five years where thousands of tracts were printed and sent across She was a speaker and fundraiser at Christian Radio Vision International for several years. In the past, she produced her own weekly T.V program for three years and produced and starred in several plays. In her love of writing, she is currently a writer and part of “Subete al Arca” Christian Magazine, as well as the Director of “The Gala Magazine” of the Redemption Awards, where she is a publicist. Currently is an account executive at Alerta T.V Network, which airs on 24/7 in Verizon Cable. She is presently working on her first book, which will have an array of current topics as well as her personal life story. In 2013 she became the Deputy Campaign Manager for a Mayoral Candidate with Conservative principles in the state of N.Y. She has been honored with 2 Certificates of Merit from the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. She studied Communications at BMCC and is a few credits shy of a Bachelor’s in Theological Studies.

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Diane Rivera López
Diane Rivera López Diane Rivera López, was born and raised in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on 58st and 9th avenue. Her parents were born in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico, her extended family members are unique since they have a mixture of Countries such as the Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Philippine, African American, Vietnamese and the latest edition of the Country of Ukraine. In 1993, unfortunately she experienced a tragedy in her life and was gun shot 4x, in a Domestic Violence assault, God gave her the opportunity to live and refusing to be a victim she became an overcomer. After two surgeries in 1993 and another in 2008, one of the bullets that had remained in her hip was removed in 2008, having left her with a high level of 64 Lead Poisoning. In that time period the lead level had placed a strain on her ability to read and write, thankfully she has recovered and walks normally, even without a cane! Diane has continued to strive and excel in becoming a great example of perseverance, overcoming life’s greatest challenges with the greatest yet simplest acts of love, braveness and forgiveness. She has turned her experiences into purpose, an began working as an activist and conference speaker for Domestic Violence. Her ministerial and community outreach service started in 1996 in her local church in Spanish Harlem, serving as a Sunday School Bible teacher for children, an organizer and leader in the youth club of her church. She then became the secretary of the church and a deacon for the next 5 years. In her love of writing she joined a ministry as Director and Writer, in Trumpet Tract Ministries for 7 years, where she printed thousands of tracts, and together with the founder sent them across the tri-state area, to several other states as well as various International Countries. She has coordinated and assisted in many outreach community events, street evangelism, and for 3 years organized a gran festival celebrating the diverse cultures in the community. In that time, she also became the assistant coordinator of the N.Y Christian Children’s Parade for 10 consecutive years. Her community service extended as a community Chaplain, where she continued to minister and led conferences in several prisons in the Dominican Republic, provided counseling and bible classes in two drug rehabilitation programs in N.Y. Her love for speaking was best heard as a speaker and fundraiser at Christian Radio Vision International 1330 am, for seven years. She also produced her own weekly T.V program on Manhattan Neighborhood Network for 3 consecutive years, as well as stared in a play that had several presentations at the auditorium of City College. Her speaking engagements range from social issues with diverse conferences or being a host for several events, as well as a guest in many television programs, such as Cristiana in Unívision. In her love of writing she is currently a writer and part of “Subete al Arca” Christian Magazine, as well as the previous Director of “The Gala Magazine” of the Redemption Awards, where was a publicist. For the last 3 years, she is an account executive at Alerta T.V Network, which airs 24/7 on Verizon Cable, channel 463. She is presently working on her first book, which will have an array of current topics as well as her personal life story, believing that it will be of great inspiration, among several blogs she has written up to date. Her newest endeavor is as a Logistic Coordinator at CAC Investment. In 2013 she became the Deputy Campaign Manager for a Mayoral Candidate in the state of N.Y. In her boldness and search to fit in her conservative values, she left the Democratic Party, where she had been a County Committee Member, stating that there was no room left for Christians that hold conservative values. In her newest accomplishments she is a columnist at Al Rojo News a local secular newspaper distributed in the area of N.Y.C. Honored with 2 Certificates of Merit from the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly, among other certificates of recognition, she humbly gives God all of the Glory and Honor. She studied Communications at BMCC for a few semesters and is a few credits shy of a Bachelor’s in Theological Studies. Yet, she has said that her greatest accomplishment is said to be her experiences and revelations from the book of Revelations, the Rapture and the Kingdom of God, so as several miracles she received throughout her life, being forever grateful. As a Journalist for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, she is honored to be a part of the great change that our Country needs, as well as the preservation of those principles and values that we hold dear to, aiming to be part of our great American Dream.

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