"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Discuss Separation Of Church And State...

 I received an email today (recreated below) that prompted me to think about this question. When I researched to find out if the email represented fact, I found that it did. And then I began asking myself some questions. Here's the email.

This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School , Kingston , Tennessee by school Principal, Jody McLeod
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and if someone is offended, that's OK.
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable! means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...
I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology.."
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment.."
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.
Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.
" However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM,in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so.. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."
One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.
They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."
Somehow, Kingston , Tennessee Remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!
JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."

When I began researching the validity of this email I ran across a thread where a comment indicated the writer could not condone Jody McLeod's actions, claiming that "I do NOT endorse this lady. I cannot agree with the backdoor attempts to promote a particular religion to a captive audience (children, no less), especially from a bully pulpit of authority at a public school funded with public money."

So what "particular religion" was the writer referring to? Was Jody McLeod promoting Catholic religion? Protestant? Jewish? Mormon? Baptist? Jesuit? Lutheran? Which one? You see, the Constitution doesn't contrive to separate God from us, Only people have done that. The Constitution only contrives to prevent the government from imposing, with no choice, a certain religion on the people. When the founders created the Constitution they were aware of Allah and Buddha. They were aware of Ra and Zeus and all the other Greek and Egyptian gods. So if they were intent on eliminating any influence of a god on society, why did they add God into the founding documents? Why not be all-inclusive and add Allah and Buddha, and all the gods of the past, into the text? Because they were not interested in being inclusive. They understood that we would need a moral compass in which to navigate our existence if we were to survive. They believed that moral compass could be found in God, and it worked well for America until 1962. So what changed?
Although there had been attempts throughout our short history, it wasn't until 1962, in a Supreme Court decision in the Engel vs. Vitale case, that the assault on God in America took root. Until that time the Supreme Court ruled that matters of religion were matters for the state. It's interesting to note that the 1962 Supreme Court decision coincides with the beginning of America's social, moral, intellectual, and economic decline that brought us to the point we find ourselves today - in a fight to preserve liberty and freedom, or to slither into the socialist morass that engulfs many other countries.
If we don't insist that the Supreme Court stop "interpreting" the constitution and instead reverse obviously erroneous and ignorant decisions of the past 50 years, they are going to continue to legislate from the bench and we are all going to be in more serious trouble than we find ourselves today. Who would have thought that could be possible? The job of the Supreme Court is to tell us if something is Constitutional - period. Not to interpret based on individual ideology of the judges.
And we better legislate God back into every facet of our society soon by reversing past decisions, or our nation of freedom and liberty will be lost for good. The Federal Government and the Supreme Court will see to that. Stand up folks. Find the truth inside yourself. Do you believe in God? Do you need God? If the answer is yes, then you better be prepared to fight, because the battle of good vs evil is in full engagement. Believe it, or not. Time is short in terms of the window left open to us to recapture an America based on Christian values and liberty.
If you're good with letting the government take care of the masses, something clearly not intended by the founders; if your good with accepting the Constitution as a living document, something else clearly not intended by the founders, then please take the time to pack and get the hell out of America! We  don't need or want you here any longer. Your way of thinking, and the men and women who believe that same way and who have acted on those beliefs, have done enough damage to our country.
Stand With God, Stand For Liberty!

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