|Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale in 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
That is only one tiny area. What about the federal government as well as the IRS recognizing the church granting tax exemptions for them? That is official federal recognition of the church by the state. Arlington cemetery is loaded with crosses marking the graves of dead soldiers as well as the star of David for jewish soldiers. That is the federal and state recognition of religion. There is no separation of church and state. The real story behind the entire argument is a multiphase one that most people have only ever heard one side of, but never the entire story. So we are going to educate everyone today.
The case before the Supreme Court many decades ago that removed pray from schools comes from the judges referring to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist Church Minister where Mr Jefferson declined to officially recognize the Baptist church over other churches in an official capacity while Mr Jefferson was President of these United States. Referred to as the Danbury Letter, Thomas Jefferson stated a separation between church and state, (but would have made that same distinction with any union, corporation, organization or company as well). You can read the letter from the Baptists here. http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/baptist.htm When you read it, you see that they were asking for special privilages that would have been to the detrement of all other sects of religion had Jefferson acted as they wished. It was very deceptive in the way they were seeking those privileges, but that is what we are able to see in that letter.
That is the story that most of us know. It is only half the story though. We have never been told about the rest of the story and the part that the courts ignored and would not consider when they made their landmark decision which was not correct based on the rest of the information you are about to learn.
It was not that Thomas Jefferson was trying to create and or enforce any form of separation of church and state as we have been taught, it was that the new constitution barred the recognition of any class of people. The Constitution set limits upon what governments could do, and, by implication, denied the force of government to groups who might use it for unlimited ends. In other words, the United States Constitution did not give legal recognition to groups of any sort, religious or otherwise. At law, there were no classes, orders, or groupings of men possessing privileges, duties, immunities, or exemptions. (Now go back and read the Danbury Baptist letter again and you will see that they were seeking state recognition for the purpose of influencing state laws).
In an opinion rendered before the New York courts in 1836 by a judge on actions of a tailor's union, the following is what the judge had to say;
"The law leaves every individual master of his own individual acts. But it will not suffer him to encroach upon the rights of others. He may work or not, as suits his pleasure, but he shall not enter into a confederacy with a view of controlling others, and take measures to carry it into effect. The reason for the distinction is manifest. So long as individual members of the community do not resort to any acts of violence, their hostility can be guarded against. But who can withstand an extensive combination to injure him in his calling? When such cases, therefore, occur, the law extends its protecting shield".
This is the part of history you are never told and most people are unaware of and at great detriment to society. It is because of this lack of knowledge of this second aspect, that our American Freedoms have been stripped away and easily so. To state again and make it very clear. Under the United States Constitution, all groups, unions, companies, corporations and the like, had a wall of separation between them and the state. Jefferson's arguments were correct but have since been taken out of context. That wall of separation was considered a well established fact in that period of time, whether it was any religious group, company, union, organization or corporation. This caused groups to be devised down to individuals that were and are more easily dealt with and controlled.
Thomas Jefferson was not arguing a case for the separation of church and state as we have all been led to believe, but instead it was the act of law that the United States Constitution did not recognize any form of groups. Today, that simply is not the case. If you think otherwise, please explain to us the Teachers Union. A very clear violation of Constitutional law if any. To argue the separation of church and state, then every and all other groups must also surrender their status of recognition and especially the lawyers. That is not an attack on lawyers on the one hand, it is very clear however that lawyers have made very long and successful strides into serious violations of Constitutional law and taken over the system.
Now for those willing to surrender to the small fringe groups that are more than willing to mislead you, take into consideration the following. The backbone of civilization for centuries has always been religion. If you are to remove religion from society as it's backbone, you must replace it with something else. We have seen the deterioration of religion as the backbone of society for over a century now and it is being replaced by the police state. You can argue all you want about the issues behind the police state, but to surrender one form of control is to give permission to another form of control.
Society, whether anyone likes it or not or accepts the precepts or not, must have a form of control. Religion has always been that backbone. Not always just and it has been abused to no end in many areas throughout history. The Constitution looked to make sure that no one sect of religion was able to control the nation state as it had done in other countries where either the Church of England was the official religion that everyone had to attend or give support to by law and attend service at least twice a month or be jailed. In other countries it was the Catholic Church that controlled entire continents. The United States Constitution, by law, made the individual the master of their own choosing in regards to religion and prevented any sect of religion from ever being able to control any area of government but also did this with companies, corporations, organizations and unions as well.
With control of the masses needed and the removal and decay of religious precepts in our everyday society, the police state has had to take over where the church is no longer allowed and has been barred from making a difference in our society. But what morals does the police state hold especially when it to is barred from religious precepts?
Government is not an evil entity in and of itself, It is the people who seek to take advantage of government for themselves and other special friends that causes evils. Government has been forced to accept the responsibilities of control of the masses by whatever means needed. The police state is the only logical way to do so since religion has been removed from it's rightful place and continues to be attacked at every level.
But let's also look at the other side of the coin. What would happen if all the churches got together and formed a new union? It would become the most powerful union in the world bar none. There are more churches in the United States than any other form of business. Think about it. How many gas stations are in your area or any form of stores or even fast food restaurants? Compare that to the number of churches in your area. It is a very rare area in the United States where there are not more churches in any given area than any other form of business. (We are not calling a church a business here). For all of them to come together and form one Union, the power they would yield is beyond imagination.
To argue further, the First Amendment clearly states that; "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Removal of prayer from schools or anywhere else for that matter is a clear First Amendment violation. Congress is barred from making laws here and the courts are barred from making any decisions over this area. Let's look at this again. Congress can not bar the free exercise of religion. PROHIBITED from making ANY LAW that hinders the free exercise of religion. FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION!!!!! Removal of prayer from schools or any area of government is a violation of Constitutional law. The Bill of Rights is a part of the United States Constitution, not a separate document. School boards are actually violating our rights every time they tell you that your child can not pray in school.
If you think we are done here, we are not. Let's now look at the entire First amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting the 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." We would put both the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press in the same category of danger here. Freedom of religion is also part and parcel to the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. If the press is prohibited from covering any aspect of religion, it's own freedom has just been expired as well as the full freedom of speech. When you tell people they do not have the right to say a prayer on government property to include schools, you have just removed the freedom of speech from that person and all people of these United States. They are all one and the same.
Every person has the right in these United States to claim, proclaim and or practice or not, any form of religion, so long as it is not violent or infringing on others, or to have no religious beliefs whatsoever. One person nor any small to mid size group does not have the right to infringe on the rights and freedoms of the entire nation however. Make no mistake, the fight is coming over the separation of church and state and they are not going to tell you about the real history of the United States Constitution and part of it is because they may not be aware of it themselves, or they do not ever want you to know the real history and truths of this nation's past. Choose well what side you are on and what future you foresee for the youth of this nation. For they will have to live with what we choose coming soon. Are we to surrender them to the police state and the removal of their freedoms?