Separation of Church and State

On this Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, after listening to the religious guests on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, I decided to touch the surface of this fundamental concept and how it plays a role in Decision-2012.

Excerpting a speech made by then Senator John F. Kennedy in September of 1960, Kennedy professes the separation of church and state is absolute and that one’s religious beliefs should never affect how on elected to lead makes decisions on how to lead the secular [federal] government.  On November 8, 1960, JFK was elected president and sworn into office on January 20, 1961.  His Catholic faith played a huge part in his policy-making.

Former Senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum believes that government has become too secular in nature and policy needs to be more faith-based.  One of things I admire about the man and have chosen to endorse his candidacy as long as he keeps it alive is that he is a good-clean family man who shares my views for limited government and autonomy among American citizens.  In addition, he is the genuine article; you get what you get if you elect Rick Santorum.  I want t make it perfectly clear that not only myself,but others as well, have good reasons not to support former Governor Mitt Romney in his quest for the nomination; religion is not and should never be one of those reasons.  First of all, if the next morning in America is not to be accompanied by the ultimate sailor’s warning, a red sky, there is no place for any form of bigotry including that of the religious nature.  Moreover, too many Americans these days fail to understand the true definition of separation of church and state.

For the record, here is our Founding Fathers’ definition: the prohibition of any local, state, or the federal [national] government from establishing one religion to be [our] local, state, or national religion, because our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.  It does not in any way state or imply that the state should operate devoid of God and religion.  Every session of Congress opens with a non-denominational prayer.  The Pledge of Allegiance states we are …one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Our national motto is In God We Trust; which is on all of our coin and paper money.  We are the greatest nation God ever allowed to inhabit planet Earth, and it was formed by Godly people who wanted to escape the tyranny and oppression of King George III who denied his people the prophesy of Leviticus 25:10: Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land, unto its inhabitants…

Religion works due to as John Locke described, The Power of Submission.  OK, I buy that, but let it be understood that submission is not submission unless it is voluntary.  America works and maintains its lofty status as The Greatest Country in the World in spite of all the economic and foreign affairs adversities it has faced over the past two decades, because it is the world leader in nations that allow people to exercise free will.  This means people coming into this world with the Lockian blank slate if born into a land of free will, can submit their free will to God, hence, to an accompanying set of religious principles, live a life of goodness and righteousness even in the complete absence of codified law prohibiting defiance, in exchange for eternal life in God’s kingdom, the universe’s only perfect world.

This brings us right back to my mantra, and that of The 7 Train, of course, limited government.  Shieffer asked several religious leaders and scholars including Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the too much or too little religion in government today?  The Evangelical Right is not a religion, rather a label given to The Evangelical Christian Church.  The escalation of big government in American since 1933, accompanied by the secular philosophy teachings of John Dewey in 1925 caused the natural progression away from God, meaning too little.  This has sparked the very Godly such as the ECC to react accordingly and by virtue of human nature, overcompensate.  As a result, they have become a socio-political force to be reckoned with and ironically, their own ministers would prefer a return to being less political and ultimately to limit their prowess to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Judaism and other Christian sects feel the same way albeit they did not receive the same measure of renown by the media when the issue arose in the election of President George W. Bush in 2000.

Therefore, my comrades, it is clear to me that if we properly limit government, religion will fall into place in the right quantity, not too much, not too little.  In a limited government society, each individual can choose for him or herself religious beliefs by first accepting the free will God granted us by allowing us to be born in America, then surrendering it as an offering to God to voluntarily submit to his principles.  All modern religion is based on the Abramian Principle (Abraham was known simply as Abram in older editions of scripture).  God called Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice and as a reward his obedience, spared Isaac’s life and took a ram instead.  The ram for America’s future is limited government.

This is not to say we must not be wary of the fine line that separates free will from anarchy.  We still need to protect the unborn as the only way America, or for that matter, the world can survive without people being born.  And if we are aborting on the basis of someone not being an appropriate parent, we are being judgmental, and God wants him and him alone to be the judge.  Where do we find the fine line?  We limit government, we define our morality based on the principles of the many religions and even among morally upstanding non-religious people, and we let God himself guide us.  Think that violates separation of church and state?  Then go back to paragraph four and read the definition.

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