Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Mythical Separation

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia sued the Giles County School Board on Tuesday for displaying the Ten Commandments in area schools. The ACLU argued that the display of the 10 Commandments favor a specific religion and violates the Constitutional provision of separation of church and state.
Do you recall the national firestorm surrounding a statue of the Ten Commandments, displayed in the rotunda of the Supreme Court of Alabama, a few years ago? A federal judge ruled that the statue must be removed and the militant secularists won the day. I would say, “They’re at it again!” but that would imply that they, at least momentarily, ceased assaulting people of faith. But such is not the case.

The fact is, the ACLU never tires of bullying folks who dare to disagree with their godless agenda or who “step off the reservation.” So long as Christians cower within the imposed confines allotted to them by secularist progressives, all will be well. But to venture beyond the private and into the public is to invite the wrath of the almighty ACLU. (Don’t let the moniker fool you--there’s nothing American, or civil, or libertarian with this godless cadre of unscrupulous lawyers.)

In regards to the Supreme Court of Alabama, and now the Giles County School Board, several issues are at stake--but neither God nor His Law are among them. That is to say, the displays may be forcefully removed but God remains unmoved and His Law continues unchanged and indelibly inscribed upon the human conscience. You see, man is powerless to be rid of the Omnipresent and he is helpless to alter the Immutable.

But what is at stake is the future of the republic of the United States and her law, namely the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States is virtually ignored and unknown by the overwhelming majority of our citizenry. Furthermore, the Constitution is violated with impunity by our judiciary who often behave as secular, liberal activists rather than judges and protectors of law.

Article VI of our Constitution reads, “This Constitution...shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby...” With so many judges this is not the case. Rather than be bound by the Constitution, they hold the Constitution hostage by their own social agendas. Rather than abide by the Constitution and adjudicate, as prescribed in Article III; the judiciary seems to prefer to legislate--a power which constitutionally belongs only to Congress, per Article I.

The ignorance [not unintelligence] of the general public and the disregard of the judiciary for the Constitution has led to the acceptance of abuse of power. The Constitution calls for checks and balances. The executive and legislative branches seem to do this for each other. But the judiciary is practically--though not constitutionally--unchecked and therefore unbalanced. Yes, the Senate has a great deal to do with approving the appointment of federal judges, but this “checks” the President, not sitting judges.

Consequently, the ignorance and abuse of the Constitution has brought us to the case studies in question: the suing of a school and the removal of a statue. The school is sued and the statue is removed on the basis of the separation of church and state. But herein lies the quandary: There is no separation of church and state in our Constitution. Look for yourself. You’ll not find the words “separation of church and state” anywhere in the document.

Regardless of what historical revisionists will tell you, the words aren’t there and neither is the concept. The Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” This is no separation of church and state as some would have you believe. The First Amendment applies to whom? Congress. What did the founders mean by “Congress”? Well, look at the rest of the Constitution for proper context.

Every usage of the word “Congress” in the entire Constitution applies strictly to the legislative branch of our government as described in Article I. Congress cannot make laws establishing a certain religion, nor may they prohibit worship. Since when does public prayer, manger scenes, statues in a courthouse, or posters in a school building; constitute Congress making law? The Constitution does not seek to secularize the state it only seeks to limit one branch of our government: the legislative. The Constitution has been hijacked and we’ve been sold a bill of goods.

The “separation of church and state” is a myth accepted as fact. I find it laughable when I hear a sophist exclaim, “Well, the actual words aren’t there, but we know that ‘separation of church and state’ is what is meant.” Funny, I thought our founders were very intelligent and quite articulate. But this is precisely what activist judges do: They try to tell us that the Constitution does not mean what it says. Then of course, they tell us what it does or should mean according to their own philosophy. It has been said tongue-in-cheek: Someday a judge will declare the Constitution unconstitutional.

If a secularist judge imposes the principle of “separation of church and state” that’s one thing. But then to feign that one is basing such a decision upon the Constitution is another. The separation of church and state, as commonly believed, is a fabrication which has no constitutionality.

In fact, read the sentiments of the fourth President of the United States--also known as the father of the Constitution--James Madison:
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of the government, far from it. We have staked the future upon the capacity of each and every one of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, in accordance with the Ten Commandments of God.
I wonder what the “father of the Constitution” would think of activist federal judges and secularist progressive thugs declaring the Ten Commandments to be unconstitutional? But if the words “separation of church and state” are not in the Constitution, from where did they come? We’ll explore the answer next time.

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