What Went Wrong: An Examination Of Separation Of Church And State



By the middle of the 20th Century, the United States had emerged as a world
power. It accomplished this through its leadership in defeating Germany and
Japan in World War II. These two countries' main objective was to enslave the
world and destroy political, religious, and economic freedom. In Germany or
Japan, anyone who disagreed with these goals, or was different was destroyed.
This was a common practice in these two fascist countries. Unfortunately, at
the same time of its emergence as a world power, the United States began to slip
into a form of judicial fascism. This slide began when the U.S. Supreme Court
began to abandon the religious principles on which this nation was ...

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has used the phrase “separation of church and state” when
referring to the religion clause of the 1st Amendment.

The 1st amendment's actual wording is “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (Barton,
America: To… p.15) But, because of the Supreme Court's continuous citing of a “
wall of separation” and “separation of church and state”, the public's idea of
the 1st amendment's religion clause has been shaped by phrases which do not
appear anywhere in the Constitution. The First Congress, which passed this
Amendment in 1789, intended to prohibit the establishment of a national religion.
In fact, they didn't mind the establishment of “official” religions by states.
At the start of the American Revolution, nine of the thirteen colonies had
established religions, so obviously no one was opposed to the coupling of church
and state.

Unfortunately, this separation talk has been so furiously pounded into our ...

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Christian beliefs.
John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and one of the men most
responsible for the Constitution declared, “Providence(heaven) has given to our
people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege
and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christian rulers.”
(Barton, America's p.8) Doesn't this tell our Supreme Court anything? Shouldn't
they follow the suit of their predecessor?

Tragically, the group that suffers the most from these “separation of church and
state “ rulings are the children of America. We are headed into the third
generation of people that do not know what it's like to pray in school in ...

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