Posted by: The Dauntless Conservative | October 24, 2010

O’Donnell and Coons Debate


After I watched the O’Donnell and Coons debate, I was appalled at Coons response and the audience. O’Donnell raised a very good point about the alleged words “separation of church and state”  that the left/liberals claim is in the US Constitution. She was very correct here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/odonnell-questions-separation-church-state-11917446

So, let me educate Coons, et al. The 1st Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an ESTABLISHMENT of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. It also prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion.

http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/establishment_clause

The Establishment Clause was intended to prohibit the federal government from declaring and financially supporting a national religion, such as existed in many other countries at the time of the nation’s founding.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/estabinto.htm

The first few sentences of the Declaration of Independence:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

It is clear to me that Jefferson and the signers affirm that we have rights that are not endowed to us by some magistrate, but from God. So, with that belief, it nullifies the false liberal dream of separation of church and state. Furthermore the separation of church and state phrase is a very, very broad statement and is wide open for so many interpretations. Good reason to have not use those words and I am glad they used the words they did.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2006/06/the-mythical-wall-of-separation-how-a-misused-metaphor-changed-church-state-law-policy-and-discourse

Excerpt: “No metaphor in American letters has had a more profound influence on law and policy than Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” Today, this figure of speech is accepted by many Americans as a pithy description of the constitutionally prescribed church-state arrangement, and it has become the sacred icon of a strict separationist dogma that champions a secular polity in which religious influences are systematically and coercively stripped from public life.”

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