There’s no such thing.
You can go to the Constitution, go to First Amendment, and freedom of religion is the first thing that’s mentioned. And it just says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” That seals us against the fear of a state church. That’s it. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now, the key here is coercion, which I will get to in a moment.
But in that First Amendment, there’s no separation clause there.
This phrase, separation of church and state, comes from Thomas Jefferson’s letter. He wrote it on January 1st, 1802, to the Danbury Baptist Association. He used the phrase, “a wall of separation between church and state” to describe what the First Amendment had accomplished so that these Baptists didn’t need to fear state governments’ declarations of days of prayer and fasting, as abridging their religious rights. They didn’t have to fear it because nothing could be done to them. The First Amendment protects religious expression even by individuals in government, and even in public halls and government buildings. Jefferson solidified this by concluding his letter with a reference to the common father and creator of man. Now, this letter ended up being seized on in 1947 by the Supreme Court, in a case called Emerson vs. Board of Education. The Supreme Court in ’47 asserted that separation of church and state is mandated by the Constitution. That was a complete misstatement of Jefferson’s record, to seize a single letter and to ignore the rest of his record and to take that whole phrase, a wall of separation, out of the context of the letter that Jefferson wrote.
Now, as an aside, ladies and gentlemen, Thomas Jefferson was not at the constitutional convention. He was representing our country in France. He was investigating Bordeaux. He didn’t vote on the Constitution. He was a deist, not an atheist. In other words, he believed in a supreme being, but not a supreme being who intercedes simply because someone prays and asks him to. But without getting into all that, the point is that Jefferson was not hostile to religion, his record is not one of banishing it from the public square, at all. So this is something that’s been taken totally out of context, purposefully by liberals, teachers, and so forth, who have a great fear of religion.
Liberalism can be defined in many ways, and one of the ways you can define it is, it has no meaning beyond itself. Everything’s about them. They are the center of their universe, individually and collectively. They do not have any sense that there’s something bigger than they are. They have never learned that there are things in life that are more important than they are. They’re hostile to religion. They’re hostile to God because that gives people meaning. You can have everything in the world you want; you can go out and achieve everything you want, and still people have empty lives who have achieved all those things. Those things do not provide happiness and a sense of meaning in life. We’re all searching for meaning, but liberals aren’t.
They think they’ve found it in themselves. So when they are confronted with people who know that there are many things larger than themselves individually, and have faith in a God, that is a huge threat, because liberals want themselves to be looked at that way and their government that they run looked at that way. So you have these liberals who take the Supreme Court decision and they run with it, and they use it and point at it, and say, “See? See? This country is not about Christians; it’s not about God; it’s not about anything. You can’t put the nativity scene in my town at Christmastime, because that’s a violation of the First amendment.” It is not, because nobody’s being coerced. You put the nativity scene up, fine and dandy. Nobody has to go watch it; nobody has to understand it; nobody has to go on and pay devotion to it; nobody has to be anything.
Without coercion, there cannot be any forcing by government, local, state, federal, whatever, of religion on anybody. But people get offended — and why do they get offended? It’s not because they hate nativity scenes. It’s larger than that. They get offended because the nativity scene, or any other such expression, represents a threat to the world view they have that they are the center of the universe. They are genuinely afraid of people who have discovered or are on the path trying to discover genuine meaning in life. Now, we human beings are very curious, and we all have questions. Why are we here? Where did this come from? How did it happen?
We have questions we are capable of asking, but we have no way of ever answering them. Not on this earth, anyway. That will always be the case, I don’t care what scientists tell us, what they do with the genetic code, what they do with DNA, all this stuff, we are going to have questions we will never ever have the answers to. So what sustains us when we don’t get the answers? Faith.
It’s not hard to understand who liberals are, at all, and why it is that they are motivated the way they are. This separation of church and state thing is a great illustration. Why go out of your way to distort this and then try to teach it to kids when, by the way, you are a teacher and you’re in the public school, you are part of the state, and you are coercing. If you are telling your students that you’re not going to let God in your classroom because it shouldn’t be part of the country, it was never part of the country, separation of church and state, you are coercing and you are prohibited from doing that.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence — and, of course, it speaks of God repeatedly. It speaks of unalienable rights which are endowed by our Creator. Now, the Declaration of Independence is our founding document. So if Thomas Jefferson was hostile to religion, the basis of which is God, it’s hard to explain his writings in such an important document.
The George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
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