For over 170 years of its history, America has always been a nation that understood the premise of personal freedom: freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom of the press, freedom to petition our own government for a redress of grievances, and freedom of religion. Not only was freedom an important and fundamental concept to our founders, it was a phenomenal statement of indignation and contempt against the Mother Country; a concept so remarkable and original at the time, they were willing to give their lives in support of it, and just so nobody misunderstood their intentions they wrote it down on paper and signed their name to it – a treasonous act at the time that would have gotten them hung if they were ever caught. Freedom, to our founders, and to the subsequent generations that followed, was a matter of principle. It will shock some, but as crazy as it sounds, it’s even now in the U.S. Constitution somewhere. Go ahead, look it up! Freedom (and freedom of religion) has been in there since the beginning. Some people don’t want you to know that!
For this vast majority of our history virtually all Americans have relished these freedoms, so much so eventually we took them for granted. Fast forward to the 1960′s. This was a decade that represented a fundamental shift in our culture and in our way of thinking. We became tired, lazy and, ultimately, illiterate of our own constitution, thereby letting others like Madalyn Murray O’Hair to reinterpret its original intent and meaning.
And there was the American Civil Liberties Union which came along and sat beside the Constitution, and ever since has done all it could to frighten us away from the original meaning of freedom; in particular, freedom of religion. With the help of rogue judges the ACLU has been very successful in eradicating all traces of religion (Christianity in particular) from public schools.
Nobody wants government dictating our lives with regards to anything, including religion. But did you know it is nonetheless the:
Right of local communities to make decisions with regards to school prayer, inclusion of the Ten Commandments, children singing Christmas carols, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, wearing religious jewelry, bringing a bible into their school, placing a religious symbol on a city seal and anything else pertaining to religion deemed acceptable by the community at large?
In other words:
The opinion of any organization, group, or even one person, Rob-Sherman, Michael Newdow or anyone else, is irrelevant if the majority of people oppose the opinion. No one person has a constitution right to override the majority of private citizens independent of, and with no ties to, government. Whereas government cannot make and pass laws with regards to the establishment of religion – private citizens can!
And so long as a majority of citizens in a given community are supportive of these inclusions, the ACLU, although it may sound strange, is actually powerless to do anything about it. The problem is, we the people have ceded power to the ACLU, and other anti religious organizations like Americans United For Separation of Church and State, American Atheists, and others who feed on our ignorance of law, and expend vast amounts of resources, time, money and energy ensuring we remain ignorant.
Often, almost always, touted is the “wall between church and state” and Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 Danbury Letter that made the phrase famous. Actually, it was anti-religious groups that made the phrase famous by deliberately taking it out of context and warping its original meaning to suit their own agenda. Thomas Jefferson never meant, by writing of his support that church and state remain separate, religion ought to be secluded from all public schools or other public venues. Rather, Jefferson was writing in response to a concern raised by the Danbury Baptists with regards to their constitutional right to practice their religion without government exacting a penalty against them, as had been customary for centuries prior to America’s founding. Jefferson was merely reassuring the Baptists they in fact had a right to their own religion in America because their was a “wall of separation between church and state” guaranteed under the first amendment; i.e. freedom of religion. But whereas that specific phrase is nowhere written in the constitution, the ACLU, AU and others have bound it to the freedom of religion clause and given it a new and distinct meaning, converse to its original proposition. In other words, the ACLU wants you to believe the freedom of religion clause means all public institutions must be free of religion. That is an out and out fraud!
Groups like the Alliance Defense Fund and the American Center for Law and Justice are fighting back and working tirelessly to combat the misinformation being spread by the ACLU and AU. Americans are coming out of their decades long slumber, being awakened by conservative news outlets cropping up all over the country, on television, radio and the internet, inspiring Americans to fight back and work vigorously to reverse myriad calamitous court decisions that have rendered them voiceless all these years.
But because of errant judges interpreting law the way they see it, rather then through a strict constitutional view, breaking down this “wall of separation between church and state” that exists nowhere in the constitution has been, and continues to be virtually impregnable, though it is showing signs of wear and tear, and cracks are forming.
But until we the people can take back control of our freedom from anti-religious groups and judges, dispel the misinformation they have been propagating for so long, they will continue to misuse the phrase “separation of church and state”, refortifying it with more lies, and the power of freedom, that is freedom, that we would hope would remain freedom for generations to come – ad infinitum – will remain in the hands of those who hate freedom and seek to kill it.