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The Big Lie
Separation of Church & State vs. Jefferson's Letter and actions
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SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER, D-NY: It's just not enough to say "I will follow the law." And what I worry about… I don't like nominees too far left or too far right, because ideologues tend to want to make law, not do what the founding fathers said judges should do, interpret the law. And in General Pryor's case, his beliefs are so well known, so deeply held that it's very hard to believe, very hard to believe that they're not going to deeply influence the way he comes about saying, "I will follow the law." http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_pryor.html
Liberal secular humanists would have you believe that keeping God completely out of government, as well as a "Don't ask, don't tell" us about God and His Holy Scriptures in any and all facets of the America public is what America's Founders established.
This Big Lie has allowed liberal secular humanists since 1947, to kill close to 50 million babies, violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," with promoting same-sex unions, replace God, Christ, and prayer with Kevin Jennings, GLSEN, and gay pride in schools, etc. etc.
Liberal secular humanists will claim the U.S. Constitution, with its indirect references to the Holy Scriptures, purposely omitted God, while conveniently avoiding what it's author James Madison declared. Over 15,000 writings of America's founders were examined to determine the primary sources for establishing our government. The number one source was the Bible. From these writings it has been determined that Jeremiah 17:9 and Isaiah 33:22 were the basis for separation of powers and America's three branches of Government. Ezra 7:24 was the premise for tax exemptions. Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution was derived from Exodus 18:21 which formed the basis of a Republic form of Government. The judicial branch of government in Article III Section 3, was derived from Deuteronomy 17:6 and Ezekiel 18:20.
Liberal secular humanists will cite and distort a letter by Thomas Jefferson, but not what he wrote in America's Founding document, nor his blatantly obvious violations of the "separation" they attribute to him.
Note and challenge to secular humanist: See Theocracy? before inadequately and falsely dismissing these pages as promoting theocracy. Numerous blog discussions and commentaries have weakly dismissed the HISTORY presented here by simply claiming EarsToHear.net is promoting a theocracy which is a lame excuse used to escape and avoid answering this challenge: What new and improved wisdom do secular liberal humanists use to justify violating "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," which was the foundation of America's Founders?
James Madison - Author of the U.S. Constitution
"The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it." James Madison (letter to Frederick Beasley, 20 November 1825) Reference: Writings of Madison, Hunt, ed., vol. 9 (230)
"Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect." James Madison (letter to Jacob de la Motta, August 1820) Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, pg. 333
James Madison's original draft for the First Amendment: "The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed."
"There is not a shadow of right in the General Government to intermeddle with religion." President James Madison, June 12, 1788
First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The First Amendment was written to keep the Federal and State Governments from impeding or limiting the role of the Christian Church. (See "Political Correctness" for how this deceit has "liberally progressed" into denying God, His Son, and His followers.)
"The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects." From: "Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States" (1840) by Joseph Story, Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, A founder of the Harvard Law School.
"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it." James Wilson
Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely been trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, not any government secure which is not supported by moral habits.... Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens. Daniel Webster, American Statesman, 1782-1852
See how Thomas Jefferson himself blatantly "violated" the "separation of church and state" attributed to him.
Also see: The Existential Establishment Clause: How does that make you feel?
"Separation of Church and State is "The Big Lie. "There is no such law! This phrase does not appear in ANY founding document. The phrase from a Jefferson letter is taken out of context and misrepresented by liberals and secular organizations in violation of the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which Jefferson also provided. See Jefferson's letter for the origin of this phrase, so blatantly misrepresented.
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” Thomas Jefferson
“Upon our material well-being must be built a superstructure of individual and national life in accordance with the laws of the highest morality, or else our prosperity itself will in the long run turn out a curse instead of a blessing. We should be both reverently thankful for what we have received, and earnestly bent upon turning it into a means of grace and not of destruction.” Theodore Roosevelt
"Of the many unworthy judicial nominees President Bush has put forward, Janice Rogers Brown is among the very worst. As an archconservative justice on the California Supreme Court, she has declared war on the mainstream legal values that most Americans hold dear." --The New York Times, self-appointed arbiters of "the mainstream legal values that most Americans hold dear" -- values such as partial-birth abortion and homosexual "marriage" (PatriotPost.us)
Fact: All 50 states acknowledge God in their state constitutions.
Despite the facts, liberals still use the Big Lie to deceive and coerce all aspects of culture in an effort to remove God from America's heritage, history books, education, and courts, to have government become God.
Don Feder, a Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist for 19 years, is president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation, or JAACD. He ridiculed the notion that religious Americans want the nation ruled by a theocracy. "It's just absurd," Feder said. "If what the left is talking about constitutes a theocracy, then America was a theocracy in 1961. "American had school prayer, in many states there was Bible reading in the schools, public display of religious symbols, abortion was outlawed except in rare instances, if anyone talked about same-sex marriage they would have been met with derisive laughter," he noted. "I was alive in 1961; if we were a theocracy then, somehow I missed it."
If liberals are afraid of a Judeo-Christian "theocracy," then why didn't our Christian Founders establish a theocracy? The theocracy they should fear, is that of Islam. However, the "theocracy" fear, is just a front, a deception. What they really fear is liberty defined within the boundaries of morality as "endowed by the Creator," and not by Big Government.
The Declaration of Independence was considerably based on John Locke's book, Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration which referenced the Scripture 1700 times. John Locke also authored The Commonplace Bible, The Reasonableness of Christianity, and Defense for The Reasonableness of Christianity.
See also: Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress Exhibition)
William Howard Taft speaking at a missionary conference, 1908: "No man can study the movement of modern civilization from an impartial standpoint and not realize that Christianity, and the spread of Christianity, are the basis of hope of modern civilization in the growth of popular self government. ..."The spirit of Christianity is pure democracy. It is equality of man before God - the equality of man before the law, which is the most God-like manifestation that man has been able to make."
In 1792, James Wilson, signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and a Justice in the first Supreme Judicial Court, provided the legal text for civil law in the first legal school. In it he states: Human law must rest its authority ultimately on that which is Divine." He also stated, "Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters."
In 1828, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story acknowledged that: "...at the time of the adoption of the Constitution and of the First Amendment to it,... the general if not the universal sentiment in America was that Christianity ought to receive encouragement by the state so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. Any attempt to level all religions (that is, to make Christianity simply one of many religions) and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation if not universal indignation..."
In a letter to William Jarvis on September 28, 1820. Therein Jefferson said: "You seem... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the deposition of an oligarchy."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylums, prosperity and freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry
"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan
and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can
establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. ... The only
foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be
inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may
change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a
lasting Liberty." (Letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776) Reference: Our
Sacred Honor, Bennett, pg. 371.
"It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship."
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity." And: "Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God. ... Let it be known that...liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments."
Jefferson "violate" his own "separation of church and state"
which has been (falsely) attributed to him in a "letter?"
Thomas Jefferson's own "free exercise thereof " is evidence that the despotic branch, and groups like the ACLU, have deceptively misrepresented the "establishment clause."
Thomas Jefferson said: "No power over the freedom of religion is delegated to the United States by the Constitution." And "I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises." Jefferson's own words and action depict just the opposite of what Liberals, the ACLU, Barry Lynn, and others would have you believe.In his second inaugural address Jefferson stated: "In matters of religion I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the General Government. I have therefore undertaken on no occasion to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it, but have left them, as the Constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of the church or state authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies...."
While Thomas Jefferson was president of the school board, in 1804, Bible reading and the use of the Bible as a textbook was implemented in the first public schools of the District of Columbia.
Part of the curricular plan designed by Thomas Jefferson for the University of Virginia was moral instruction, including "the proof of the being of a God, the Creator" in public schools to be taught by teachers.
Religious instruction on an equal footing with other instruction, as occurred at the University of Virginia, when Thomas Jefferson was rector and approved of setting aside a chapel "for religious worship" and "proposed to encourage various denominations to situate their theological schools near the University," thus "enabling the students of the University to attend religious exercises."
Also, concerning our Nation Jefferson said: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever." - "Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction."
And: "I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations."
...The director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship says the men who founded America never intended to remove God from public life. Dr. Frank Wright says quite the contrary, most were devout Christians who applied their Christian faith to everyday life, including government. He says President Thomas Jefferson is a good example. He notes that at the same time Jefferson served as president, he was the chairman of the D.C. public school system -- and mandated in 1804 that two books be taught in those schools: the Bible and Watts' Hymnal. Wright calls that "an extraordinary thing to do" for someone who believes in the "separation of church and state." Wright believes anti-Gospel forces like the American Civil Liberties Union have twisted the working of the establishment clause and developed their own false interpretation about separation of church and state -- which he says the founding fathers never intended.
American Minute with
Bill Federer - December 3 - President Thomas Jefferson, author of the phrase
"Separation of Church and State," asked Congress to ratify a treaty with the
Kaskaskia Indians, which they did this day, DECEMBER 3, 1803. Negotiated shortly
after the Louisiana Purchase by future President William Henry Harrison, the
"And whereas the greater part of the said tribe have been baptized and received into the Catholic Church, to which they are much attached, the United States will give annually, for seven years, one hundred dollars toward the support of a priest of that religion, who will engage to perform for said tribe the duties of his office, and also to instruct as many of their children as possible, in the rudiments of literature, and the United States will further give the sum of three hundred dollars, to assist the said tribe in the erection of a church."
Later in 1806 and 1807, two similar treaties were made with the Wyandotte and Cherokee tribes.
On April 26, 1802, Thomas Jefferson extended a 1787 act of Congress in which special lands were designated:
"For the sole use of Christian Indians and the Moravian Brethren missionaries for civilizing the Indians and promoting Christianity."
Separation of Church and State? See Jefferson's letter for the origin of this phrase, so blatantly misrepresented.
Samuel Adams "In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator." ..."And if we now cast our eyes over the nations of the earth, we shall find that, instead of possessing the pure religion of the Gospel, they may be divided either into infidels, who deny the truth; or politicians who make religion a stalking horse for their ambition; or professors, who walk in the trammels of orthodoxy, and are more attentive to traditions and ordinances of men than to the oracles of truth." ..."We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come." Samuel Adams political involvement is widely acknowledged and valued. But it was Adam's Christian faith that guided his political views. "First of all, I ... rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins." His essay, The Rights of the Colonists was widely circulated in 1772. In it he wrote, "The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty. The rights of the colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."
George Washington "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the constitution framed by the Convention . . . might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it."
"We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States."
Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist: "The wall of separation between church and state is a metaphor based upon bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. ... The greatest injury of the 'wall' notion is its mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intention of the drafters of the Bill of Rights."
"We must seek revival of our strength in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of the religious conviction of the sacredness of every human life. On the religious side, its highest enlightenment is the Bible; on the political side, the Constitution." - "Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitiveness to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invasion by foreign armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior." --Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
"Justices" ignoring law and instead, imposing their own "political" views that blatantly oppose the U. S. Constitution. Why, because they know, their decisions which are anti-family and anti-Christian would loose in a popular vote. Thus the liberal filibuster against moral justices, in an attempt to legislate immorality.
Wall of Separation of Church and State - Justice William O'Douglas -
Justice William O. Douglas wrote the majority decision in the 1952 case
ofZorach v. Clauson: "The First Amendment, however, does not say that in
every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and
State... Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other
- hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly... Municipalities would not
be permitted to render police or fire protection to religious groups.
Policemen who helped parishioners into their places of worship would violate the Constitution. Prayers in our legislative halls; the appeals to the Almighty in the messages of the Chief Executive; the proclamations making Thanksgiving Day a holiday; "so help me God" in our courtroom oaths - these and all other references to the Almighty that run through our laws, our public rituals, our ceremonies would be flouting the First Amendment. A fastidious atheist or agnostic could even object to the supplication with which the Court opens each session: 'God save the United States and this Honorable Court...'"
Justice Douglas continued: "We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being... When the state encourages religious instruction...it follows the best of our traditions. For it then respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs. To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe." Justice William Douglas concluded: "We find no constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence... We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion."
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