A Bad Precedent…

Al Mohler’s recent BLOG entry is worth reading. “Separation of church and state” only means what some want it to mean. The original intent was NEVER to restrict religious practices. The intent was to limit governments controlling of religious practices. Only 250 years and we’ve turned this thing on its head! Separation of church and state is just a guise for political correctness.

2 thoughts on “A Bad Precedent…

  1. I commend to you a story in the most recent edition of the Arkansas Baptist News (www.arkansasbaptist.org) about an Arkanas pastor (Butch Riddle) who attended the national prayer breakfast in DC in early February. It certainly provides a different perspective on the issue of the name of Jesus at DC events.

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  2. Then there is the irony that Jefferson’s metaphor, “separation of church and state,” has been used so often (including by the courts) to prohibit religious recognition in public ceremonies, censor and rename Christmas programs (around our National Holiday of Christmas), deny government scholarships only when a student wants to study religion, etc. Clearly, based on his actions, that is not what Jefferson intended. And in fact that is not what happened for the first 150 years or so of our country’s history. The limitations we see more recently have been imposed by the courts. Yet Jefferson wrote often (and pointedly) about his fear that the courts would gradually take on more power and overturn the other two branches of government. Here is one such statement:

    “In denying the right [the Supreme Court usurps] of exclusively explaining the Constitution, I go further than [others] do, if I understand rightly [this] quotation from the Federalist of an opinion that ‘the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the judiciary is derived.’ If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de se [act of suicide]. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one, too, which is unelected by and independent of the nation. For experience has already shown that the impeachment it has provided is not even a scare-crow… The Constitution on this hypothesis is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” (http://churchvstate.blogspot.com/2008/11/jefferson-on-power-of-courts-part-4.html).

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