Secularist Lies About Religion and the Constitution

Anti-Christian extremist groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and People for the American Way hate God and America as it was founded.

These “progressive” outfits – along with like-minded politicos, judges, Hollywood elitists and left-wing media-types – hate that this great nation was expressly founded upon the bedrock precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

And so, in response, they lash out. They endeavor first to raze our God-blessed America, and then raise, from the rubble, a godless America fashioned in their own secular-socialist self-image.

Even the ACLU’s own promotional materials overtly advocate unconstitutional religious discrimination: “The message of the Establishment Clause [to the U.S. Constitution] is that religious activities must be treated differently from other activities to ensure against governmental support for religion.”

As you’re about to see, this is abject nonsense – a twisted constitutional misrepresentation as detached from reality as the east is from the west. Secular-“progressivism” depends upon deception as much as it relies upon revisionism.

To know the hearts, minds and collective will of our Founding Fathers and American pioneers, one need only look to what they wrote in their respective state constitutions. Most will be amazed to learn that all 50 state constitutions explicitly and unequivocally thank God for his benevolence and acknowledge that we as a nation are dependent upon Him – that He is the sole source of our freedoms. This is true, not just for the “red states,” but for the bluest of the blue. (See what your state constitution says about God).

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Let’s start with the most liberal state in the Union: Massachusetts.

“We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence … and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following … Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

So much for “separation of church and state.” Did you hear that hollow popping sound? Somewhere in Boston an ACLU attorney’s head just exploded.

Or how about our secularist-in-chief’s home state of Illinois?

“We, the People of the State of Illinois – grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors … do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.”

Or California?

We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.”

Or New York?

“We the People of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION.

You get the point. Based upon the unfounded assertions and fact-free yearnings of the ACLU and other liberal separatists, the state constitutions of all 50 states are, well, unconstitutional.

Silly, aren’t they?

But what about the U.S. Constitution? Doesn’t it at least require church-state separation?

No, not in the way “progressives” imagine it does. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, the words “separation of church and state” are not found in the U.S. Constitution.

So why all the confusion?

It’s by design. The confusion has been intentionally fomented. It’s the byproduct of a decades-long religious cleansing campaign. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is the primary tool the left misuses and abuses to accomplish its insurgency: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. …”

That’s it.

What do you suppose the framers of the U.S. Constitution – a document specifically designed to limit the powers of federal government – intended with the word “Congress”? Did they mean state government, municipal government, your local school board or third-grade teacher?

Of course not. They meant exactly what they said: Congress – as in the United States Congress.

Now what did they mean by “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”?

In a letter to Benjamin Rush, a fellow-signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson – often touted by the left as the great church-state separationist – answered this question. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause was simply intended to restrict Congress from affirmatively “establishing,” through federal legislation, a national Christian denomination (similar to the Anglican Church of England).

As Jefferson put it, “[T]he clause of the Constitution” covering “freedom of religion” was intended necessarily to preclude “an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States.”

The individual states, however, faced no such restriction.

In fact, until as late as 1877 – and after religious free exercise became absolute with passage of the Fourteenth Amendment – most states did have an official state form of Christianity. Massachusetts, for example, sanctioned the Congregational Church until 1833.

Then religious tolerance was unchained in the Bay State: “[A]ll religious sects and denominations, demeaning themselves peaceably, and as good citizens of the commonwealth, shall be equally under the protection of the law; and no subordination of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law.”

That is, quite simply, what church-state separation entails. The state must not “prohibit the free exercise” of any religion by “establishing a particular form of Christianity” or through imposing a religious litmus test to hold public office.

In short, the ACLU and other like-minded “progressives” are liars.

Carry on.