Teton Valley Tea Party

Separation of Church and State
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Saying that morality and a belief in a God must remain ever separate of government is a corruption of the Constitution. The term 'separation of church and state' can nowhere be found in the constitution. It was first mentioned in a letter by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a Baptist church group a year before his death. But even then, he never implied that the government should remain forever aloof from religious matters. The 1st amendment is the only place religion is mentioned in the Constitution; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." Yes, this means that the US government will not designate a single church as the official church of the United States of America.

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There were (and I might add, still are,) state religions in other countries. As we lived in Germany for so many years I'll use that country as an example. There is a state church in Germany, the Lutheran church, which receives government bias over the other churches. For example, the government collects tithing for the church as part of it's taxes. Do you belong to a different church? That's really too bad. You're still going to pay your dues to the Lutheran Church. And if you want to give some tithing to your church as well, that's up to you.

Through the middle ages and into modern times, there have been many excesses of the state-authorized religion. For hundreds of years the Catholic Church reigned supreme in old Europe. And yes, there's some bad history. For example, the Inquisition in the 11th through the 15th centuries severely punished anyone as 'heretics' who strayed from the church. If they killed you in the process, at least they saved your immortal soul. In England, Spain, Germany and the Nordic countries, heretics were even burned on the stake. The Church also believed that burning at the stake was also fitting as an eternal punishment because if the blood was not spilled, the victim would have no body in the afterlife.

There were many inquisitions throughout Europe. This included the taking of non-Christian peoples and forcing Christianity on them 'at the point of the sword.' Even if they had to kill a non-Christian to bring him to Christ, it was worth it. (You know, it's strange how history repeats itself. Now, it's the Muslims who are prepared and willing to enforce Islam on the Christians even if it kills us!)

The founding fathers wanted none of that for America - hence the 1st Amendment.

The founding fathers through their writings were emphatic that for America to remain free they must be a righteous people. They taught it, and the schools taught it. McGuffey's Readers, which were actively used for more than a hundred years, were filled with morality - the fabric that made for good citizens. (You can still buy McGuffey's Readers!)

I don't know when the all-out assault on religion really started. However you know the history as well as I do. The politically-correct have done a marvelous job of taking anything and everything about God and decency out of our schools and governments. An oral prayer is bad enough, but it's gotten so bad that in more than one school a little kid has been hauled off to the principal's office for even looking like they were saying a silent prayer over their meal or before a test. (As Al Gore put it after trying to convert a class of kids to his philosophy, "You kids now know more than your parents do," meaning their parents couldn't be trusted with the things he was telling them.)

Bottom line: The great perversion of "separation of church and state" that's happening in our nation today by the progressives is the total opposite of what our founding fathers had in mind for this great country of ours.

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samuel-adams.jpg - 1896 BytesWe may look up to Armies for our Defense, but Virtue is our best Security. It is not possible that any State should long remain free, where Virtue is not supremely honored. Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

edmund-burke.jpg - 1832 BytesMen are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites... Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. Edmund Burke [many consider him the father of conservatism] (1729-1797)

george-washington_small.jpg - 1702 BytesReason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. George Washington (1732-1799)