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The Separation of Church & State

“The Separation of Church and State.” We hear that phrase used on an almost daily basis. Especially when someone is offended by a Christian symbol, or prayers, in a place “they” deem inappropriate. Like government properties. Or public schools. However, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

“But it’s in the Constitution,” you argue.

Well…. I double-dog dare you to find it in the Constitution. Go ahead. Go look. Take your time. I’ll wait.

So? Did you find it? No? Color me surprised.

For those who don’t have time to look it up, here’s the amendment in question:

  • Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It says nothing about avoiding any mention of Christian symbols on government property. What it does say is the government can’t force you to join a religion. Nor can the government create a national religion.

So where did the phrase come from? A letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. They had written him, expressing concern the Constitution did not reach the state level. He wrote back to reassure them their religious freedom would be protected. He promised that no religious majority would be able to force out a State’s official church. The original text says, “…I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

See? It has nothing to do with the government not allowing religious symbols on government properties. It has nothing to do with prayer in school. So what do you say we quit having hissy fits if somebody deigns to erect a cross in front of a courthouse? You want to add a religious symbol from your religion? Go ahead! I don’t mind.

A right or a privilege?

I think we, as Americans, frequently take our right to vote for granted. But the thing is, voting isn’t just a right, it’s also a privilege and a responsibility. And it should never be taken for granted.

Yeah, I know, I’ve been guilty of taking it for granted. I’ve been apathetic in years past even when I have voted. But as I get older I realize how important it truly is. In 1917, women suffragists were IMPRISONED for daring to picket the White House to receive the vote. President Woodrow Wilson (*sarcasm on* great man that he was 🙄 *sarcasm off*) had them arrested and tried to have them declared insane. They were beaten. They were force-fed when they went on a hunger strike. So, if you’re a woman of voting age, you owe it to those brave women who came before us to vote.

However, that isn’t where I’d planned to take this blog post. I am sadly disappointed in some of our country’s states because they were too lazy, or some lame excuse, to get absentee ballots out to our troops who are overseas. Troops in Afghanistan. Troops in Iraq. Troops all over the world. Those brave men and women are being disenfranchised and a lot of people don’t seem to care. And that is truly shameful.

Restoring Honor

I spent part of yesterday watching the Restoring Honor rally on C-SPAN. It was spearheaded by Glenn Beck with whom I don’t always agree. Sometimes he scares the living daylights out of me. Sometimes he brings things to my attention that I’m inspired to research on my own. He always makes me think. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, he’s said several times on his show that he wants people to research what he’s said on their own and make their own decisions!

The liberal media has tried their level best to prove yesterday’s rally was nothing more than a racist Tea Party event. Oh, yes? That would explain why so many different people from so many different ethnic backgrounds attended and spoke. And the liberal media also talks about the hatred & bigotry of the conservatives. I consider myself more Center-Right than completely Right, but I know plenty of people on the Right, and you know what? Most of the hatred & bigotry I’ve seen has come from the Left.

If you happen to watch CBS, you’ll have heard that only about 87,000 people showed up for the rally yesterday. They are liars, or at least very sadly mistaken. Try hundreds of thousands. The most conservative estimate I heard was 350,000 but there was much speculation that the actual count was 500,000 to one million attendees. If you take a look at this picture from the rally, you can see how many people were there and it’s well over CBS’ estimate. If you’ll look closely in the upper right corner, you can see the crowd reaches all the way to the Potomac. And all those people cleaned up after themselves and left the Mall spotless!!!

When the event is available on DVD, I will definitely be buying a copy and I know many others who will as well. It was that inspiring.

The number of people tired of the lying, backstabbing, and sniping of our elected officials is growing. And we will not be silent. We ARE the People. And we want to restore honor and integrity to our government.

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