Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Intelligent Design & the myth of separation of church and state

From Tammy Bruce, regarding the recent decision by Judge Jones:

Federal Judge Bans Intelligent Design in Schools

One of two things are indicated here: either this particular judge completely lacks an understanding the separation of church and state, or he understands it fully and simply doesn't like it.

We cannot expect proper application of Constitutional principles if the citizen doesn't know when the judges are wrong. In this instance, the judge is wrong, and in fact, even the US Supreme Court decision banning the teaching of creationism is wrong...

You can read the entire blog post HERE.

Here is an excellent article detailing the origins of the myth about the separation of church and state, and what our Constitution actually says:

The Myth of
the Separation of Church and State

Anytime religion is mentioned within the confines of government today people cry, "Separation of Church and State". Many people think this statement appears in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution and therefore must be strictly enforced. However, the words: "separation", "church", and "state" do not even appear in the first amendment. The first amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut. The congregation heard a widespread rumor that the Congregationalists, another denomination, were to become the national religion. This was very alarming to people who knew about religious persecution in England by the state established church. Jefferson made it clear in his letter to the Danbury Congregation that the separation was to be that government would not establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God...

The full article can be read HERE. Hat tip to Rudy Carrera for posting the link to this article on his blog.

1 comment:

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Glad you posted this has been on my mind too. It is awful many of the judges we have and how they rule. Something needs to be done about it.