Dear Separation Denialists
The first part of the First Amendment to the Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
I don’t know how it can be any clearer that this statement is a “wall.” It seems to me it was designed primarily to protect the Church from the State. The founders knew that there were many flavors of Christianity, as well as other religions. Without this “wall” government could, at any time, impose a State religion on the citizenry.
Some people may say “awesome!” to that. Those whose flavor of religion is the same as that being imposed anyway. However, what about others? What if the religion being imposed is contrary, or otherwise different, than yours? Is it still a good idea to tear down that wall? Those advocating to destroy this “wall,” do you want to take the risk that if that “wall” were torn down, that your particular God would be the official one? Even if you were to, in theory, accept that the State religion may not be your flavor of Christianity, but you’d rather there be no “wall,” I have another question. What happens when the first Congress after the destruction of the “wall” is populated by Jews, or Hindus, or Buddhists? Then a religion you don’t believe in is being jammed down your throat. An imposition of any religion, is contrary to, you know, freedom.
That is the way a lot of us feel about your advocacy for tearing down the “Wall.” I do not want your religion. I also do not want your freedom to practice how you see fit to be hindered. Religion is a personal belief. It is yours. And, while you may attend church with a thousand other people, those thousand people may not practice exactly the way you do. They may approach their choice of faith from a completely different direction than you.
That there is separation, there is no doubt, unless you strike the first line, from the first amendment of the Constitution. Also, you’d have to discount just about everything Jefferson ever wrote on the subject. The Founders may have been deists, and believed in some god or another, but they knew the dangers of mingling Church and State. They had just fought, and won, a war in part to escape State imposed religion. So, denialists, please stop. As stated above, I don’t want your religion, and mine is none of your fucking business. The “wall” is there as much to protect me from you, as it is to protect you from the State.
Besides, if ya’ll are that het up to live in a theocracy, Iran is open. Different flavor of god, perhaps, but its the closest you’ll get. America will never be a theocracy.
I’ll leave you with a quote by Sinclair Lewis:
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”