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Barking up the Wrong Tree... Separation of Church and State in Context
By Bradlee Dean
Ruff, Ruff! Well, folks, if it is not the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) trying to unlawfully shut you up and give your enemies their supposed rights (their founder, Roger Baldwin, said, “Communism is the goal”), then it is, get this, an organization called Freedom from Religion (their name, by the way, is contrary to the First Amendment). Both organizations base their premise upon the falsified “separation of church and state.”
The phrase “separation of church and state” is nowhere in any founding document. It is, however, found in Article 52 of the USSR Constitution.
Article One of the Bill of Rights:
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.
Last week, an Arizona chapter of Freedom from Religion attempted to sue Governor Jan Brewer in Maricopa County Court, objecting that Brewer “exhorted citizens to pray on January 17, 2010, when she proclaimed a Day of Prayer for the Arizona economy and state budget.” They can bark all they want, but they better find another country that will tolerate their hostilities, for in America, they are barking up the wrong tree.
Freedom from Religion happens to be the same group who came against the city of Athens, Texas (allegedly it was one of their own members) for the Nativity display on the lawn this Christmas. However, their ignorance and hostility only swelled the ranks of the righteous. In response to their hostilities, 5,000 Americans gathered around the Nativity to praise God for His Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Groups like these have not yet come to the understanding that our rights come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. Therefore, if the state didn’t give us rights, they cannot take them away.
The two main architects of Article One are George Washington and Fisher Ames.
Fisher Ames said, “Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble.”
George Washington predicted the exact outcome of departing from religious obligations in his Farewell Address: “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious (Christian) principle."
They knew that religious principles provided morality and self-control. That is the lifeblood for the survival of any self-governing community. Therefore, I say, “ruff, ruff.”
Watch Bradlee Dean live from Washington, D.C., to explain Thomas Jefferson’s coined phrase, “separation of church and state” in its original context: