Thoughts on Separation of Church and State

Posted on July 1, 2020.

    The Lord's Prayer or any  prayer is not allowed in most U.S. Public schools any more.  What does the separation of Church and state really mean? In the first place, this is not about what the Church is forbidden to do – getting involved in politics etc.. It is about what the state is prohibited from doing – the establishment of an official state religion and the use of public money to support such religion.                                                  (Bill Flax   Jul 9, 2011)  Americans are frequently reminded of what the revisionists deem our greatest achievement: “Separation of Church and State.” Crosses are ripped down in parks. Prayer has been banished from schools and the ACLU rampages to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Moreover, “Separation of Church and State” is nowhere found in the Constitution or any other founding legislation. Our forefathers would never countenance the restrictions on religion exacted today.                                                                               Even non-Christian founders thought religion essential. None would have wished to upend the very basis for education, law or culture. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 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.”                                                            Nor did the Constitution inhibit public displays of faith. At ratification, a majority of the thirteen several and sovereign states maintained official religions. The early Republic welcomed public worship. Church services were held in the U.S. Capitol and Treasury buildings every Sunday. The imagery in many federal buildings remains unmistakably biblical.                                        George Washington believed, “Religion and morality are indispensable supports” for “it is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”                                              " Be strong and  courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”                                                                                   Deuteronomy 31:6