Most discussions about the separation of church and state oppose the role of Christianity in the United States and arise from an abysmal ignorance, so deep as to be unfathomable. You can endlessly drop boulders into this chasm of intellectual darkness without ever hearing one hit bottom.
The Separation of Church and State Claims are Unfounded
Speaking with conviction, people insist our Constitution established a separation of church and state. Clueless, they don’t realize their claim, and their obvious self-satisfaction with stating it simply proves they’ve never read the Constitution and lack any knowledge of what it says.
The media often report on this “fact” of separation and call it professional journalism. The politically correct engage in long, earnest conversations based on this untruth. How can mature, at least chronologically, people hold so tightly to an opinion so obviously false?
Can You Say “AGENDA?”
Christianity Was a Key Influence in Our Founding
The writers of the Constitution clearly intended for Christianity to influence the governing of this nation. For example, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers.” One of the officers is the Chaplain of the House and is an elected position. The chaplains are paid to open every session with prayer and offer counsel to members of the body.
“Since the election of Rev. Linn in 1789, the House has been served by chaplains of various religious denominations, including Baptist (7), Christian (1), Congregationalist (3), Disciples of Christ (1), Episcopalian (4), Lutheran (1), Methodist (16), Presbyterian (15), Roman Catholic (2), Unitarian (2), and Universalist (1).” (Source: History of the Chaplaincy)
Would the originators of the Constitution include a provision to perpetuate the great importance they attached to the Christian faith, a provision planned to endure throughout the life of this nation, then say religion could have no part in our governance?
The First Amendment Does Not Mean “Separation of Church and State”
A simple reading of the Constitution provides other examples as well. The Constitution isn’t so long that promoters of the separation falsehood couldn’t read it. And if they want to know about the First Amendment, from whence they claim to have reaped their separation notion, the Library of Congress has associative commentaries on the creation of the Bill of Rights, written by Gouverneur Morris, who was present throughout the process.
The “separation of church and state” phrase came from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Baptist Sunday School Association in Danbury Connecticut. However, the letter is not about keeping Christian influence out of government; instead, it’s about the Federal Government not interfering in the free practice of religion.
So, there’s no separation of church and state, and Thomas Jefferson lived and supported the Christian faith.
Lack of Knowledge and Ignorance of History
Not content with exposing their lack of Constitutional knowledge, drivers of the agenda loudly parade their ignorance of history. They bloviate on their delusion that the United States was never intended to be a Christian nation. They must put aside all our founding documents to pull this off, of course.
According to the Congressional Record, the first session of the United States Congress started with several hours of Bible study and prayer. All members participated. The practice of starting each session with prayer and Bible study continued for years.
United States government buildings are chock-a-block full of Bible quotations, architectural detail and statuary. Check, for one instance, the Supreme Court building, finished in 1935, for its many references to the Ten Commandments.
Also, in the early days of the Republic, Christian church services were held in virtually every Federal building in D.C. While President, Thomas Jefferson attended services in the House of Representatives chamber. When he decided the music needed more energy, he ordered the Marine Band to play each Sunday.
So, the Constitution does not mention the “separation of church and state.” History proves the United States was founded as a Christian nation.