Posted by Brutus | Posted in Conservative Corner | Posted on 28-08-2009
From the Chicago Tribune:
UNIONTOWN, Ohio – An atheist group is complaining about an Ohio school district’s mission statement listing “belief in God” among its values.
Co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation calls the statement on a recent Lake Local Schools newsletter shocking and a serious violation of the separation of church and state. The Madison, Wis.-based foundation, which represents atheists and agnostics, has written to officials in the northeast Ohio district asking that they immediately remove “belief in God” from school publications and Web sites.
Superintendent Jeff Wendorf says officials and district lawyers are looking into the matter. He says the phrase has been included in the mission statement for years.
I think people need a little history lesson. This may not be the typical one you’re used to if you’re a Conservative…you know, Letter to the Danbury… No, this will go much deeper.
Most of us know that the phrase separation of Church and Statenever appears in the Constitution. Often times, when enemies of religion–strike that–enemies of Christianity and Judaism (atheists don’t seem to have issues with Islam, Wicca, Paganism, Zoroastrianism, or Feline Anal Worship). Anyway, the enemies of Christianity like the morons above love to recite Jefferson’s letter as if that is written law and they (inappropriately) quote the Establishment Clause. Here’s what they always forget to quote…and what they fail to realize or hope you don’t know.
What anti-Christian and anti-Jew zealots forget / ignore
Immediately following the Establishment Clause is the Free Exercise Clause. The same sentence of the Constitution they use to say government and any person under government care or pay cannot mention God, also says, “[N]or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” So, if a law cannot be created to recognize a particular religion, neither can one be created that forbids recognition. Moreover, the First Amendment sentence begins “Congress shall make no law…” Congress is a federal body.
Now, some will claim the Fourteenth Amendment means the Bill of Rights applies to the states, counties, cities, etc. But if that were the truth, then every city or state with a gun ban would be violating the Bill of Rights. No, it appears they get to pick and choose which ones they want to apply at whim.
Here are the facts no one wants you to know
On June 9, 1789, James Madison proposed the first amendments to the Constitution. here’s how he worded what we now know as Freedom of Religion:
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.
The two most important things to take from this are, Madison claimed no “national” religion should be established (created) and second (and more importantly), nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed. What is it but a false “pretext” upon which the morons at the Freedom From Religion Foundation would infringe upon the full and equal rights of everyone else?
There are a couple of other items of import.
- Madison clearly says no national religion should be established. Politicians, lawyers, and Christian- & Jew-haters have perverted this, claiming “respecting and establishment of religion” means “honoring an established religion.” But employment of the word “respecting” means “dealing with” not “honoring.” For example, “I will write nothing respecting pornography” means I will not write about pornography. Period. It doesn’t mean I will write disrespectful pieces about porn. Or respectful pieces for that matter. Nothing.
- Madison’s attention is clearly focused on preventing government from ever interfering with one’s religion. The sentence is 40 words long. Mr. Madison used seven words to say no national religion and 33 words to say Congress would never, for any reason, ever stop a person from exercising his or her religion–no matter which form it might be.
On August 15, 1789, the issue of the First Amendment came up again. Here are the minutes.
Mr. Madison thought, if the word national was inserted before religion, it would satisfy the minds of honorable gentlemen . . . if the word national was introduced, it would point the amendment directly to the object it was intended to prevent . . .
Mr. Gerry did not like the term national, proposed by the gentleman from Virginia, and he hoped it would not be adopted by the House. It brought to his mind some observations that had taken place in the conventions at the time they were considering the present Constitution. It had been insisted upon by those who were called antifederalists, that this form of Government consolidated the Union; the honorable gentleman’s motion shows that he considers it in the same light. Those who were called antifederalists at that time complained that they had injustice done them by the title, because they were in favor of a Federal Government, and the others were in favor of a national one; the federalists were for ratifying the constitution as it stood, and the others not until amendments were made. Their names then ought not to have been distinguished by federalists and antifederalists, but rats and antirats.
Mr. Madison withdrew his motion, but observed that the words “no national religion shall be established by law,” did not imply that the Government was a national one;
This is vitally important for two reasons.
- He repeats the intention–Congress not pass a law creating a single religion for these United States–such as the Church of England.
- Our Framers are clearly stating we do not have a national government. We are a confederation of states and, as such, have a federal government.
The second point is important because it determines how Leviathan in DC is supposed to interact with the states and the intention it have an extremely limited role in the lives of Americans. Several years later (1808) Jefferson wrote to Samuel Miller about declaring a national day of Thanksgiving:
I consider the government of the U S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment, or free exercise, of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the U.S. Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority.
Here again, we see the federal government is not supposed to meddle in how or whether a person worships, but states do have the power to institute prayer at football games and city councils can pray before getting down to business. I’m quite convinced Mr. Jefferson would have told Annie Laurie Gaylor the same thing he told the Baptists. My dear lady, the federal government has no say in what the states and people decide where God is concerned. So, shut up and go be productive instead of destructive.” Okay… he may not have said that last line.