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"Separation" Defined and Refuted

The separation of church and state originally had something to do with entities called "churches." No longer. The modern myth of "separation of church and state" really means "separation of God and state."

Not a single person who signed the Constitution believed in the modern myth of separation of God and state. A few Signers did not believe in the separation of churches and the states, but all the Signers believed in the separation of churches and the federal government.

Every member of the "Religious Right" believes in the separation of churches and the states, and churches and the federal government, which is what the Founding Fathers believed in. As we show elsewhere, the First Amendment was designed to prevent:

  1. A church denomination officially recognized and protected by the federal government;
  2. A church denomination whose members alone were eligible to vote, to hold public office, and to practice a profession;
  3. A church denomination which compelled religious orthodoxy under penalty of fine and imprisonment;
  4. A church denomination able to expel dissenters from the commonwealth;
  5. A church denomination financed by taxes upon all members of the community; (even those not members of the denomination),
  6. A church denomination which alone could freely hold public worship and evangelize;
  7. A church denomination which alone could perform valid marriages, burials, etc.

Nearly all of these had been eliminated by all of the states before the Constitution was even drafted. Most of the changes came about after 1776: The Church of England had been the established religion in many states, and that was clearly no option after the Revolution. The First Amendment did not make radical changes, it protected what had already been achieved by the Revolution.

This has nothing to do with a separation of God and State, or the creation of a secular (atheistic) government.

Refuting the modern myth of "separation of church and state" is easy. The difficult task has been to brainwash an entire generation of Americans into believing it. Thousands of textbooks had to be purged of American history so that people are basically ignorant of the Original Intent of the Founding Fathers. It takes thousands of hours to anesthetize a conscience. Fortunately, it will only take a short time to bring a victim of separationism back to sanity.

Back in 1892, when Darwinism, Secularism, and the myth of "separation of church and state" were starting to gain a foothold in America, the U.S. Supreme Court took some time to declare in no uncertain terms that America is a Christian Nation. The Court's opinion in this decision can single-handedly reverse 12 years of government schooling. It is then a comparatively easy task to expose the foolishness of "separationism."

"The Wall of Separation between Church and State" (as a Christian nation understood Jefferson's phrase) meant that no one church denomination could use the power of the State to gain a competitive advantage over any other church denomination. It never meant a separation of God and State. It never meant that the State was at liberty to infringe on the liberties given to men by God

Not a single person who signed the Constitution intended to separate government and God, or to create a "secular" government.

The modern myth of "separation of church and state" appears plausible only to those who have not studied American history and are unaware of America's relationship to God. The five links above completely refute the modern secularist myth of "separation of church and state."

The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .

Did the Congress which drafted this Amendment intend to separate God and country? To create a secular nation rather than a nation "under God?" Are we seriously supposed to believe that

  • the same Congress that - on the same day as it drafted the First Amendment -- passed a resolution asking President Washington to lead the nation in prayer intended to prohibit prayer in public, such as schools, graduation, etc.?  Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962); Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985)
  • the same legislators who made the Ten Commandments the basis of our legal system actually intended to give the federal government the power to order municipal schools to remove copies of the Ten Commandments from classrooms? Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 (1980)
  • the states -- the same states that would not ratify the Constitution unless the powers they did not delegate to the federal government were protected with a Bill of Rights -- intended to give the federal judiciary the power to amend their own state constitutions if they said anything about religion? Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961)
  • the Founding Fathers intended to give one lone atheist the power to compel the entire nation to ignore its duty to give thanks to God? Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992)

The more we know about the religious motivations of the men who framed and ratified the Constitution, the more laughable the modern doctrine of "separation of church and state" becomes.

U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1947 which have defined the modern myth of "separation" could not have been imagined by the men who signed the Constitution. We contend that not a single person who signed the Constitution would have approved of these cases. Any American in 1999 who knows as much about American history as the average 6th grader in 1899 can see this by reviewing these separationist cases, which are found here.

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