American Heritage Alliance

America…Our Christian Heritage,
Our History and Faith in God

"The Deception of Separation of Church and State"
Compiled and Written by Murray Hornsby, Director
American Heritage Alliance Inc..


Chapter 3
The Big Lie … "Separation of Church and State" and Its Origin

"The Separation of Church and State"…

This phrase does not appear in our Constitution or any of our country's official documents. It does, however, appear in another prominent document, the Constitution of the former Soviet Union: "The church in the USSR is separated from the state from the church." ( Article 52 ). We have been deceived by those who said, "We know what the truth is, and it is not your truth." As Pontius Pilot said to Jesus "What is truth?" And we ask "How could this have happened?" It has happened on our watch because we fell asleep in a complacency of wealth and comfort. It is past time to wake up and demand Truth!
The letter was also penned in a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Dansbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, who wrote to President Jefferson because they were convinced about the government getting involved in matters of religion. " I contemplate with solemn reverence the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. "It is clear that Jefferson's "wall of separation" referred to a one- dimensional wall to protect the Church from the State. He is the same one who said, "No power of the freedom of religion…(is) delegated to the United States by the Constitution," in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. 3

"The Congressional Records from June to September 1789 record the months of discussions and debates of the ninety Founding Fathers who framed the First Amendment. Significantly, during those debates not one of the framers ever mentioned the now infamous phase 'separation of church and state.' The phrase is not found in the US Constitution, the First Amendment, nor any of the notes from the Constitutional Convention." 4

In fact, from the Constitutional Convention in 1789 until 1947 when the Supreme Court of 1947 changed the application of this amendment, it was clearly understood that the First Amendment was meant to prevent Congress from establishing 'a National Religious Sect' as the British had done with the Anglican Church of England which imposed religious taxes on constituents and even imposed by law penalties for noncompliance with the Church's precepts. For over 150 years, this was the original intent regarding the scope and jurisdiction of the Constitution, the national Government and the Bill of Rights. "There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition," wrote Chief Justice Rehnquist in his dissent in Wallace v. Jaffree, "that the Framers intended to build the 'wall of separation' that was constitutionalized in Everson. But the greatest injury of 'the wall' notion" continued Justice Rehnquist, "is the mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intentions of the drafters of the bill of Rights. No amount of repetition of historical errors in judicial opinions can make the errors true. The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned." 5

Never in our country's founding period was there an official belief that education shouldn't embody the teaching of God's moral truths. This principle is most clearly shown by the passage of the northwest Ordinance of 1787. At that time the "Northwest" was the territory comprising what are today Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Congress sought to tame that wilderness and encourage settlers to move into the region. Thus it provided for a series of land grants to move into the region. The Congress believed that by educating settlers, good order and decency would come to the territory because, in their view, education included not only academic subjects but also the teaching of Godly values. The Northwest Ordinance states, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education, shall forever be encouraged." 6


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3 "Restoring The Christian Voice" by Reclaiming America
4 "Original Intent and The Free Exercise of Religion" by Joseph A. Zavaletta, Jr. Esq.
5 from Wallace v. Jaffree, dissenting opinion, William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
6 From "Citizenship: Christians in the Public Square", "The Parsonage", Focus on the Family.