Separating Church and State Doesn’t Apply to Liberals

Liberals like to remind us that there’s a “separation between church and state,” even though that’s not what the First Amendment says.

We’re repeatedly told that religion and politics do not mix and we can’t impose our morality on other people (unless you’re a liberal Democrat).

Like so much of liberalism, such restrictions are a one-way street. Prohibiting mixing religion and politics only applies to conservatives who hold religious views that are contrary to a liberal agenda.

The most recent example of using religion to promote a liberal cause was perpetrated by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden met with pastors, rabbis, and other religious leaders to join him and the president in a campaign to enact additional gun control legislation.

“Biden met for two-and-a-half hours . . . with more than a dozen leaders from various faith communities — Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, to name a few. Both Biden and the faith leaders encouraged each other not to give up on what has been an arduous and thus far fruitless effort by Biden and President Barack Obama to pass new gun laws in the wake of December’s schoolhouse shooting in Connecticut. . . .

“The meeting closed with a meditation and a prayer for action.”

The ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation were nowhere to be found. Liberal religion is good for America.

Liberals are for religion as long as they can use it to promote liberal causes. For example, during a debate on increased embryo-research funding, Nancy Pelosi said, “Science is a gift of God to all of us, and science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure.” (Quoted in Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, “How the Democrats Got Religion,” TIME (July 12, 2007).)). We didn’t hear a peep from the New Atheist crowd.

Recently, Pelosi said, “I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States.”

In 1994, Bill Clinton stumped for the former Democratic governor of New York, Mario Cuomo. “Rocking to resounding gospel strains, President Clinton went to a black church in the heart of Harlem . . . to rouse a vital constituency to turn out its vote for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.”1

An Associated Press report called the President’s actions “Bible-thumping politics.”2 Clinton’s message was decidedly religious and partisan, as was Governor’s Cuomo’s remarks as he “also cited religious themes and maxims.”3

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said, “It’s a positive thing that Democrats are willing to talk about faith and values. But they are aligned with organizations that sue to stop kids from praying and block the Ten Commandments.”

As the latest series of Obama scandals demonstrate, liberals will do anything to win, even if it means appealing to God.

  1. Todd S. Purdum, “At Harlem Church, Clinton Tells Cuomo to Keep Going,” New York Times (September 26, 1994). []
  2. Barry Schweid, “Clinton defends U.S. mission in Haiti,” Marietta Daily Journal (September 26, 1994), 2A. []
  3. Purdum, “At Harlem Church, Clinton Tells Cuomo to Keep Going.” []