The myth of separation of church and state
Separation of church and state. It’s an expression often used in the press. This phrase is trotted out each time some atheistic theophobe complains that a Christian prays in a publicly owned place or a nativity scene is placed in front of a fire house. Although this interpretation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is often used to prevent Christians from the free expression of their faith, the idea of separation of Church and State is a myth.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is clear and unambiguous.
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.
To this author’s knowledge, no American law has been made contrary to this amendment. Yet because of the way it has been interpreted and applied, the application and interpretation of this amendment have worked to the contrary.
In Spring Hill Florida, a complaint has been filed against the Spring Hill Fire District by one Ken Fagan, because he believes the fire district's website is advocating Christianity. And what you might ask has the Spring Hill Fire District done to promote Christianity? They have simply placed a link to the website of their own Fire Rescue Chaplain, Pastor Jack Martin. One wonders if secularism did more to offend Mr. Fagan's sensibilities. Ken Fagan is a Roman Catholic. Martin is a reverend with the Assembly of God.
Mr. Fagan can be seen complaining at Wednesday's Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commissioners hearing by following this link.
The irony is that, should the fire district be forced to remove that link, they will in essence be prevented from exercising their Constitutional right to free speech. What makes Mr. Fagan’s complaint even more bizarre is the fact that there is no “religious” verbiage on the website. There is merely a link to their Chaplain’s site. No one is being coerced to click on the link and no one is being forced to be evangelized. The link remains pending the rendering of a legal opinion from the Florida Attorney General.
In Dallas, Texas, Christians living in a public housing apartment complex, most of them elderly, were denied their right to worship by the Dallas Housing Authority. The Dallas Housing Authority ordered the Lake Highland United Methodist Church to cease providing church services at Audelia Manor as they have done for the past 14 years. This service was provided the aged and infirm who could not attend church otherwise. The reason given was that the practice was forbidden by the First Amendment. The Dallas Housing Authority recanted in the face of legal pressure by the Liberty Council, a religious rights group.
In Santa Rosa Florida, employees of the Santa Rosa School District are forced to hide in closets should they feel the need to pray. They are not allowed to respond to parents emails if they should so much as end with the words “God bless.”
Rather than accept free representation to oppose a complaint filed by the ACLU, District Superintendent, Tim Wryosdick, refused the offer, preferring capitulation.
According to religious rights group Liberty Council
School employees are prohibited from “communication with a deity” when in their “official capacity.” They are considered to be in their “official capacity” even when not working – whenever they attend a “school event,” which includes events during the day, including breaks, after-school events on or off campus, and privately sponsored events on campus for students. Employees cannot bow their head or fold their hands and must prohibit others from praying
The ACLU has to date, forced three Santa Rosa School District employees to defend themselves in court for daring to exercise their religious rights.
On the other hand, despite several challenges, Courts have ruled against Atheists who maintain that the phrase "one nation under God" should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Is there truly a separation of Church and State in America?
The fact is, rather than being separated, the Church and the State are in bed together. Unbeknownst to most church goers, their pastors are licensed by the government through what is known as the 501(c)(3) corporate tax exemption. Thus, rather than preaching under the authority of the Holy Spirit, they are operating under the authority of the State.
Why do Churches allow this?
The simple answer is this. It’s all about the money. Most believers want that tax exemption. Rather than depending upon a blessing from God, they choose to be blessed by the State. The Church benefits by not having to be challenged by the Internal Revenue Service as to being audited, receiving preferential bulk mailing rates and offering tax exemptions to their members, many of whom would not donate otherwise. The only thing the Church has to give in return is to avoid speaking out on social issues. This includes addressing any social evils such as abortion, homosexuality and politics. Thus, the licensed Church has placed itself under the authority of the State. Some separation.
By becoming incorporated, the Church has allowed itself to be remade in the image of the Beast. The sad fact is that the Church has sold out to the government and the believers who associate themselves with such State sanctioned organizations have submitted to the authority of the State instead of the authority of God.
They myth of separation of Church and State has been fostered to serve the agenda of those who desire to see all Biblical values removed from the American psyche. Woe to them. It is yet one more of a series of the signs of the times.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!