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 4
Truth About Church and State

Although the First Amendment reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" most of the Court's recent decisions in this area involve neither Congress nor the "making of a law." For example, in Lee v. Weisman, the court equates a Rabbi at a high school ceremony with "Congress" and Rabbi's prayer during the graduation ceremony as the "making of a law." Indeed the Court's criteria, the First Amendment, is internally inconsistent: a person's right to "free exercise" of religion may now collide with the prohibited "establishment" of a religion. The Constitutional Framers understood that government encouragement of religion was not equal to the "establishment of religion"; that, as George Washington said,"religion and morality were indispensable supports" to political prosperity.

Indeed, on the day the First Amendment was passed by the Congress in 1789, Washington accepted Congress' charge to proclaim a day of "public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God." As Chief Justice Rehnquist opined in the Jaffree case, "History must judge whether it was the Father of our country in 1789, or…the Court…which has strayed from the meaning of the Establishment Clause. We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. When the State encourages religious authorities…it follows the best of our traditions. For it then respects the religious nature of our people…To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement the government that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe…We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion." 7

Robert L. Cord, professor of constitutional law, Syracuse University, confirms this thought as he describes the true intention of the religion clause in the First Amendment: "Regarding religion, the First Amendment was intended to accomplish three purposes. First, it was intended to prevent the establishment of a national church or religion, or the giving of any religious sect or denomination a preferred status. Second, it was designed to safeguard the right of freedom of conscience in religious beliefs against invasion solely by the national government. Third, it was so constructed in order to allow the States, unimpeded, to deal with religious establishments and aid to religious institutions as they saw fit." The goal was to create a nation influenced by Christianity, and to prevent a religion that was mandated and/or influenced by the national government. They put God first! 8   "The truth is that the First Amendment was intended to protect the religious liberty of all who adhere to basically biblical standards of ethics and morals, not of those who would practice immorality in the name of religious liberty. The truth is that the First Amendment was intended to protect the right of Christians to continue to influence, and even to dominate, our national civil government, public life, and law. The evidence for the intended relationship between 'church' and 'state' consists in the many kinds of connections between Christianity and our central government, from the time of the inauguration of George Washington until well into the 20th century. The evidence of the federal record is not now publicly known, but that is because it has not been taught to the public- not that it is difficult to learn…Christians have become ignorant of its existence. Christians have not had a view of the world, including a view of civil government as a ministry of God. Christians have let non-Christians and anti-Christian ways of thinking come to dominate our educational, cultural, and governmental institutions.
Although these things are so, the federal record has not been destroyed. It can be salvaged, studied, and put to constructive uses in the cause of God and truth. One primary use is a restoration of the true understanding of the purposes of the First Amendment and of the intended place of Christianity in the law and public life of our country. A knowledge of the place of honor which our earlier American representatives and statesmen gave to Christianity and Christian principles is of immeasurable value to present and future generations of Americans." 9

Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was quoted in Time magazine in Feb, 1954: "I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses…Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia…or to the Charter of New England…or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay…or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut…the same objective is present…a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people. I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country."

Daniel Webster, one of America's greatest orators, cautioned fellow citizens in 1820 not to "forget the religious character of our origin." Speaking on the bicentennial of the Pilgrims' arrival, he declared, "Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light and labored by its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary." Further, the Pilgrims came to America in 1620 not to seek their fortune, but "for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,' as stated in the Mayflower Compact. Over a ten-year period, political science professors at the University of Houston analyzed over 15,000 writings and speeches by the Founding Fathers to determine the primary source of ideas of the Constitution. The three most quoted people were the French philosopher Charles Montesquieu, English jurist William Blackstone, and English philosopher John Locke. But the Bible was quoted more than any of these: four times more than Montesquieu, six times more than Locke, and twelve times more than Blackstone. Ninety four percent of the Founding Fathers' quotes were quoted, either directly or indirectly, from the Bible! 10 Why, one of the first acts of the Second Continental Congress on September 11, 1777 was to order the printing of 20,000 Bibles and one of the first acts of the First Congress of the United States was an act to establish chaplains for the US House and the Senate. Further, the first act of Congress following their agreement of the precise wording of the First Amendment was to ask President Washington to declare a national day of fasting and prayer! It was clear there was no "impregnable wall" as proclaimed by the ACLU in attempts to reverse these measures. It stands to reason that the Founding Fathers knew better what they meant when they ratified the Constitution than those in the late 20th century who seek to undo it. They did not mean for Christians to stay out of influencing public policy…if it had been so, the vast majority of our Founding Fathers would have had to step down from office! 11

Thomas Jefferson's True Beliefs And Intentions

Thomas Jefferson, the originator of the phrase "separation of church and state" in the letter to the Dansbury Baptist Association, is quoted often by opponents to allowing worship or even recognition of God and especially prayer in schools and public places. It is very important to note that within two weeks after taking office as President of these United States and simultaneously as President of the School Board of the District of Washington D.C., Jefferson mandated that two books be instructed to the children in the school system, one the Bible and the other the Watts Hymnal which was rich in Bible teaching! Jefferson also prayed at both of his inaugurations and approved several measures appropriating federal funds to pay for missionaries to the Indians. For years following his inauguration, Jefferson led Congress to worship services at the Capital rotunda. It was Jefferson who said, and later was engraved on the Jefferson Memorial, "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that those liberties are the gift of God?"

What was the "original intent" of the author of the phrase "separation of church and state?" It was most definitely that we should, as a free and blessed by God country, recognize and worship God as a thankful nation and people and that this freedom never be tampered with by the government!

At the end of this paper please take a moment to see how important the faith and devotion to God and Jesus Christ was to our Founding Fathers in their personal letters and statements. The Framers of our Constitution made it quite clear as to whom they were indebted and to whom this country's freedom, future and devotion was attributed.

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7 From Wallace v. Jaffree, dissenting opinion, William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; "Original Intent and The Free Exercise of Religion" by Joseph A. Zavaletta, Jr. Esq.
8 "Separation of Church and State", Robert L. Cord
9 "Reclaiming The Lost Legacy", Archie P. Jones. Ph.D.
10 "Five Lies Of The Century", David T. Moore.
11 "Restoring The Christian Voice" by Reclaiming America



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