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Debate: “Separation Of Church And State” In The First Amendment

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October 20, 2010: Ken Paulson / First Amendment Center via Yahoo News – October 19, 2010

Sometimes political debates generate light as well as heat.

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s question “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” in an exchange Oct. 19 over teaching creationism in public schools tells us something about her but also reminds us of how often America’s bedrock principles on government and religion are misunderstood. Democratic candidate Chris Coons was quick to tell O’Donnell that religion and government are kept separate by the First Amendment.

“You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” she responded. Indeed it is. Here’s a quick take on what the First Amendment says — and doesn’t say: [Alert: This is bullshit doublespeak propaganda! - SJH]

Keeping government out of religion and religion out of government is a core principle of the First Amendment:

The first 16 words say, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means government can’t limit our personal faith or favor one religion over others. It also means that creationism cannot be taught in America’s public schools.

The separation of church and state has been a cornerstone of American ideals for centuries:

As early as 1640, Rhode Island founder and theologian Roger Williams cited the need for “a hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.” James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, would later explain the need for this separation, saying, “religion and Govt. will both exist in greater purity,  the less they are mixed together.”

The words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere in the Constitution:

That’s true, and O’Donnell’s camp now says that’s what she really meant. The phrase stemmed from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. He cited the language of the First Amendment and said that it built “a wall of separation between Church and State.” This was not just some poetic flourish. This was one of the nation’s founders and author of the Declaration of Independence explaining exactly what the First Amendment means.

The separation of church and state means that teachers in public schools can’t teach their faith to their students:

Public schools are government bodies and teachers are their employees, so the restrictions of the First Amendment apply. But teachers can teach about religion. Faith and history are deeply intertwined, and students should understand the diversity of beliefs in the world today.

Later in the debate, O’Donnell challenged Coons to name the five freedoms of the First Amendment. He came up four freedoms short. Welcome to the club. First Amendment Center surveys show that most Americans can name just one freedom in the First Amendment and only one in 25 can name all five — freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the rights of petition and assembly.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: O’Donnell’s response was absolutely correct! The phrase “separation of church and state” is not anywhere in the US Constitution. Secondly, based on the author’s own correlation that “freedoms” and “rights” are one in the same, and they are, there are not only 5 “freedoms” vis a vis “rights” that are clearly enumerated in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, there are many more being attacked by this fascist government overtly guilty of another coup attempt to once again attempt to overthrow our Republic…

Gen. Smedley Butler USMC Exposes Fascist Coup During Great Depression

 

Understanding this is key to recognizing and stopping the evisceration of our other “freedoms” and “rights” to bear arms, to privacy, a jury by our peers, et al. In otherwords, the terms “freedoms” and “rights” are one in the same as intended by the founding fathers. Remember this…

Source: Cornell University Law School – http://topics.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights 

There are at least 20 “freedoms” vis a vis “rights” enumerated in the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Also, if the US government were actually adhering to the US Constitution, which it is clearly not, there would be no 501C3 tax exempt churches or religious organizations by default controlled by the US government, nor would the US government be in control of and dictating what propaganda is being taught in our schools!

As a result, the US government now has control over both the church and state… This is treason! - SJH

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_exclusive/20101019/pl_yblog_exclusive/church-state-and-the-first-amendment-what-odonnell-needs-to-know

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