Extra-Constitutional: The Separation of Church and State

The Constitution of the United States of America is a venerable document that transcends every time and era, and directly addresses the relationship of the Government to people.  Conservatives and Constructionists hold to a view it is an unmovable bedrock upon which our country is built. Liberals characterize it as a living breathing document that is to bend and flake to the modern man and woman and their current day: i.e. finding rights in there that were never conceived 250 years ago, such as Transgender bathroom usage.

And of course whenever the group of liberals suffer what they consider a loss (ie. not getting their way) they say the Constitution is an ancient document that has no relevance to us today.  Today’s American society (and the watching world for that matter) saw this on display when the “Left”, represented by the Democrat party candidate Hillary Clinton, lost a Presidential bid to Donald Trump, running as a Republican.   Suddenly the very things they venerated when going their way (respect the results of the vote, etc) suddenly became old and dated, with need for immediate change – to ensure their ongoing victory.

It is that very change to a foundation of our country that brings me to the story I caught today reading the news: “Atheist forces school to drop the Ten Commandments.”  Marie Schaub, in a town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an avowed atheist who took her child’s school district to court to remove the 10 Commandments from the grounds of the school.

“It’s unfortunate that many people in my community don’t understand or appreciate the separation of church and state, but I hope this settlement serves as an important lesson,” she told the Valley News Dispatch.

“Separation of Church and State” is not a phrase in the US Constitution

Whenever questions of the constitution come up, the Left feigns an heir of superiority, like they own the issue.  This one is no different, and Ms. Schaub’s statement above about her “appreciation for separation of church and state” demonstrates her hubris as well as her well entrenched ignorance.

The only statement about religion in our Constitution is found in the first Ammendment:

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 peace- ably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

via  Constitution found at Congress.gov 

Step by Step

  1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
    The background to this was, in England, all citizens were forced to be part of the “Church of England” – which exists today. All other religions were banned.
    Scanning the internet, the BBC has an interesting blurb on the Church of England’s history.
  2. or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
    This matter was to establish, you could worship God in a manner to which you prescribed, not the Government. This meant freedom to attend a Baptist church, a Zorastrianist church, and even when they surfaced, and LDS Mormon church, etc. Freedom.

That’s it. No other mention in the entire document.  I would encourage YOU to take a quick walk through our Constitution found at Congress.gov, (follow the link, enjoy commentary in italics beneath each amendment.)  A straightforward read  can be found at ConstitutionCenter.org 

So where does this infamous phrase come from?

“…most people incorrectly think the phrase is in the constitution. The phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802. His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church’s business, not to keep the church out of the state’s business. “

via – allabouthistory.org  

A Farce Propagated

It was from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a bunch of Connecticut Baptists!

So how can this be used so richly by so many people to create legal rulings and express “Academic Thought”?   A few ideas come to mind:

  • Lack of Critical Thinking
  • Lack of Historical Background
  • Willful manipulation of the facts to suit one’s end goal

I think the first two speak for themselves.  Our society has devolved to a point where anything requiring deep thought or moderate research drives a person to a safe space where they need play-doh and puppies.  Critical Thinking once a crown jewel of our society has become a forgotten art.

The wilful lack of historical background encouraged by our government’s own Department of Education, down to the schools across the country is nefarious at best.  It seems we don’t want to stress out little Johnny to much and require much of them.  So they leave school without having learned a thing – and pounding their fists for separation of Church and State – not knowing what that even means.

But even worse, there is a political group (dare I say Political party – who did attempt to eliminate God from their platform, and succeeded for 24 hours before God being reinstated) who is wilfully manipulating the truth to their own end to eventually make any type of religious reference on a state ground an offense.  (But of course we can give $500 billion dollars to Planned Parenthood for the sacrifice called Abortion.)  Their purposes, other than hatred for God the elimination of God from public life, is unclear.

Until righteous souls in the US Congress decide to stand up and say enough, and these same righteous people assert their Constitutional power to create laws and prevent the courts from usurping and bastardizing both power and purpose of Congress, the Left and the radical factions within the Democrat party will continue this Extra-Constitutional march.  It can be stopped.  But we need integrity in our leaders, not self-interest or a flinch towards self-preservation.

 

 

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