FOUNDING FATHER TRUTHS
“Separation of Church and State” – What Does It Really Mean?
Many secularist scholars and Americans today believe that ALL religion and mention of GOD is to be removed from government and public education.
In 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court falsely used Thomas Jefferson’s “separation of church and state” comment, to remove all religious expressing from government and incorrectly attributed to Jefferson as being the author of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Jefferson was in France when the Constitution and the First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights were formed.
The ‘separation of church and state’ was written by Jefferson, as a response inside a personal letter to the Danbury Baptists of Rhode Island in 1802.
Before the United States of American was truly formed England was ruling the 13 colonies under a Monarchy government. For many centuries in England, the government forced one government religion on the people and taxed them to support and uphold it. There was no freedom of religion and the government controlled all religious matters.
Jefferson’s meaning of his ‘Separation clause’ was to prevent the government from taking control of a church, it’s doctrine and punishing for religious expression. It was never meant to be used to secularize the government, exclude God, righteousness, and morality from the state.
The First Amendment
Keep government limited was the meaning and words behind the First Amendment. “Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
The beginning part of the first amendment is called the Establishment Clause. The ending is called the Free Exercise Clause. Both clauses point at and prohibit the government, NOT the church. Prohibit the government from enforcing religions to conform, and free exercise of religion, government was required to protect. It is to prohibit the power of Congress only, not religious organizations or individuals.
US Supreme Court Interpretation
In 1878 the U.S. Supreme Court used Jefferson’s “Separation of Church and State” meaning correctly when they said it was for government to protect, not limit.
Then by 1947, in the court case Everson verses Board of Education, the court reversed it’s historic meaning and restated that the ‘separation of church and state ‘ does not mean to protect religions in government, but to remove them.
In 1948, the US Supreme Court repeated the new meaning and interpretation and referred to the First Amendment is to “ erect a wall between church and state, which must be kept high and impregnable”
Jefferson believed in Separation in the Federal Government, but not for the States and Cities. He did believe and write many religious laws while serving in Virginia State.
In the early 1800’s Congress approved Christian church services on Sundays at the U.S. Capital Building, War Department, and Treasury Department. By 1867, the U.S. Capital was the largest Christian church in Washington D.C.
Today, we are so far from what the Founding Fathers and God gave us in our government's protection of religious freedoms, it's hardly recognized.
A restoration is needed and it starts today.
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