So Much For Separation of Church and State

I get so sick and tired of all these people who want to take the word ‘GOD’ out of public places, government buildings, the classroom, our coins and currency when the very notion of freedom in our country was based on love of God and trust in that wisdom. Early government buildings, documents and texts all referred to God. The term ‘separation of church and state’ has been turned and twisted to remove the very founding of this country. If you don’t believe me, listen to the 2nd (mostly unknown) verse of the Star Spangled Banner!

Aloha, Mikie

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5 Responses to So Much For Separation of Church and State

  1. Kathy Brown says:

    Amen!

  2. Doug Indeap says:

    I get so sick and tired of all these people who say–ignorantly or disingenuously–that the principle of separation of church and state takes the word “GOD” out of public places, etc. It doesn’t; far from it.

    It is important to distinguish “individual” from “government” speech on religion. The First Amendment protects the right of individuals to exercise their religions–publicly and privately–and constrains only the government not to promote or otherwise take steps toward establishment of religion. As government can only act through the individuals comprising its ranks, when those individuals are performing their official duties (e.g., public school teachers instructing students in class), they effectively are the government and thus should conduct themselves in accordance with the First Amendment’s constraints on government. When acting in their individual capacities, they are free to exercise their religions as they please. If their right to free exercise of religion extended even to their discharge of their official responsibilities, however, the First Amendment constraints on government establishment of religion would be eviscerated. While figuring out whether someone is speaking for the government may sometimes be difficult, making the distinction is critical.

    Wake Forest University recently published a short, objective Q&A primer on the current law of separation of church and state. I commend it to you. http://www.adl.org/religious_freedom/WFU-Divinity-Joint-Statement.pdf

    Oh, and those interested in constitutional law will not find it in the Star Spangled Banner.

  3. Bill Hastings says:

    I thought it was the third.

  4. Rodger Virtue says:

    I think he’s actually singing the 4th verse, but
    who’s complaining…….

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