Recently, I wrote a letter to the Naples Daily News responding to guest commentator Howard L. Simon of the American Civil Liberties Union and his defense of the ACLU’s continual unconstitutional attacks on religious expression in America.
Organizations like the ACLU and our courts continue to use the phrase “separation of church and state” in their hostile attacks. This “separation” phrase has grown tiresome and is not part of the First Amendment or any of our founding documents and needs to be repealed.
Fact is, the Founder’s original intent of a cooperative relationship between church and state has been destroyed because the church has removed itself from the state.
Once again, I have included below my letter a few comments that appeared on the Naples Daily News website in response to my letter to the editor. Sadly, like many Americans these individuals are not familiar with the original intent of the first amendment and the myth of “separation of church and state.” According to the first amendment, Christians are still allowed to “freely exercise” their religious expression in all aspects of the public arena.
Thomas Hughes, Naples
Setting record straight
Guest commentator Howard L. Simon of the American Civil Liberties Union wanted to “set the record straight” by defending the ACLU’s continual unconstitutional attacks on religious expression in America.
Mr. Simon, let me help you “set the record straight.” For one and a half centuries, Congress and the Supreme Court refused to separate Christian principles from the public arena or allow organizations like the ACLU to destroy the cooperative relationship between church and state.
The church and state relationship remained reciprocal because the First Amendment’s “free exercise clause” permitted government officials to freely express their own religious beliefs in public and government functions.
For example, in 1789, after completing the draft of the First Amendment, Congress asked President George Washington to declare the first federal Thanksgiving proclamation. He declared, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” In 1800, Congress allowed the Capitol building to be used on Sundays for church services, and by 1867 this was the largest church in Washington, D.C., with over 2,000 in attendance.
Thomas Jefferson not only attended those services but when he became president he had the Marine band play during worship. The ACLU has been devoted from the very beginning to destroying America’s most treasured traditions, morals and laws. The Word of God says, “Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.” (Proverbs)
“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion,”–This pretty much sets the record straight–
“”Separation of church and state” (sometimes “wall of separation between church and state”) is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States”
IT IS NOT TOM WHO HAS THE SAY IN “SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT”–IT IS THE COURTS….just as the Founding Fathers set it up
Your second paragraph is woefully ignorant of the establishment clause. There is a ton of historical evidence that the meaning (which everyone agreed upon until l948) was simple. Congress could not pass a law establishing a religion, any religion, While the states could and several did, the Federal government could not. Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists was clear, they should not have to be taxed to pay the salaries of the Congregational ministers who were members of the established church of Connecticut. I personally, don’t give a darn if you misinformed cretins “basically transform” America and the country goes down the tubes. But for heaven’s sake try to at least know what you are talking about.
You do not know what you are talking about–when states accept funding for schools, that makes it a Federal government connection–things are a lot different than in Jefferson’s day–you got some catching up to do.
And this is the same ACLU that will see to it that if John Doe’s brother with a crew cut came into school with a Tshirt that said “Jesus Loves You” he would be sent home. You don’t really believe that the ACLU is for religious freedom, do you? They are, following the principles upon which they were founded, trying to (and succeeding) in removing all the vestiges of Christianity which they see as the greatest threat to their goals, i.e., a secular state modeled after the USSR at it’s founding. Check the statistics…in fifty years Christianity will be a minor religion in Europe, but I don’t think that will please the ACLU because the replacement for Christianity whose ethics were largely adapted by the founders of this country will be the Muslims, whose ethics are really at odds with a secular society. Christians just complain when the ACLU threatens a lawsuit, how many lawyers will threaten the Muslim state with a lawsuit, in the face of a sword wielding fanatic.
Just when has the ACLU done anything to prevent religious freedom when practiced in the home, church, or any organization that is NOT a government enterprise?? And you ignore the plethora of cases where they DEFENDED religious freedom as in the case I posted.
Stop beinf so blind and leave schools and public enterprises alone. Simple. I imagine it would be okay with you if a student wore an “Allak loves you” T Shirt to school?
The Satanists are placing their holiday diorama at the State House this year and we may yet see the Festivus Pole going up, oh, holy days, pass that Rastafari sacrament!
…..makes perfect sense you would be promoting Satanists….
Their display shows exactly what you can expect in your afterlife…..Hmmm???
Religiophobia is rampant amoung elitist, liberals, atheist, the ACLU but the constitution prevents INFRINGEMENT on their rights
Ah–so you actually hate the U.S. Constitution because you cannot have everything YOUR WAY and get away with infringing on the rights of others—