Americans are frequently reminded of what the revisionists deem our greatest achievement: “Separation of Church and State.” Crosses are ripped down in parks.
Prayer has been banished from schools and the ACLU rampages to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
They recognized that the several states did not share uniform values. The framers were a diverse bunch with wildly divergent opinions on many issues, but eliminating the very foundations of America’s heritage would have horrified them. Where the French Revolution and its official policy of “De-Christianization” quickly devolved into bloodshed and oppression, here freedom flourished.
Our independence was seen as the culmination of a march toward liberty, not a rejection of America’s historical cultural moorings.
Moreover, “Separation of Church and State” is nowhere found in the Constitution or any other founding legislation.
Our forefathers would never countenance the restrictions on religion exacted today.Jefferson later said the central government was “interdicted from intermeddling with religious institutions.” Such were state matters.Freedom of religion was partly moral – protecting our most cherished liberty – and partly pragmatic.Commoners were unshackled from feudal paralysis and freed to find God individually. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans intertwined individual liberty with vibrant faith.“It is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.” Even non-Christian founders thought religion essential.James Madison and Thomas Jefferson championed their cause. The imagery in many federal buildings remains unmistakably biblical.The preamble in Act Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia (1786), affirms that “the Author of our Religion gave us our ‘free will.’” And that He “chose not to propagate it by coercions.” This legislation certainly did not diminish religious influence on government for it also provided stiff penalties for conducting business on the Sabbath. The day after the First Amendment’s passage, Congress proclaimed a national day of prayer and thanksgiving.As James Madison warned in Federalist 10, “The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; . Nor could government and its flawed inhabitants usurp divine authority by harnessing politics to the church.Faith is no civil contract, but a personal matter not to be profaned by politics.Whether from sincere faith, or, prudence instilling an honest, law-abiding, responsible and hardworking populace, all esteemed biblical morality as the bedrock of self government. that wall must be kept high and impregnable.” Thomas Jefferson thought differently.George Washington believed, “Religion and morality are indispensible supports” for “it is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” The phrase “separation between church and state” was reintroduced by former Klansman Hugo Black, historically one of our most liberal Supreme Court judges. Board of Education, Justice Black invoked Thomas Jefferson stating, “The First Amendment has erected ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’ . The Danbury Baptists wrote to him congratulating his election and objecting to the First Amendment.