Ok SO I read the 1st amendment
Congress 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.
And pull out the first line
congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
Ok so congress can't establish any one religion as the religion of the USA nor can it force anyone to become a member of anyone religion or force anyone to be an atheist. Seems logical
ALSO it says they will not prohibit the free exercise thereof.
SO were does separation of church and state come in? Its not written in the 1st amendment also does the tenth amendment say it is up to the states what they choose to permit as far as a religious convictions are concerned so long as it doesn't violate the 1 st? After all the tenth amendment is what the states use to control their own school curriculum since public education is not a power given to the fed.
Can someone explain it for me?