The recent battle between the Obama administration (and Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ presumptive power under unconstitutional Obamacare) is consuming the news in recent weeks. And rightly so. It is a battle between good and evil. Right and wrong. Constitutional versus unconstitutional. And it’s a battle that will ultimately be a good thing for the Republic.
There are many battles in this war. There’s the abortion battle. There’s the Constitutional powers battle. There’s the religious freedom battle. But everyone seems to be missing that all of this is part of the greater war over “Jefferson’s Wall”.
The so-called “wall of separation between Church and State” exists nowhere in the founding documents. It is not in the Declaration, the Constitution, nor the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment does not specify a “separation of Church and State”. It simply states in part that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” And the dictionary definition of “establish” is:
1 set up (an organization, system, or set of rules) on a firm or permanent basis;2 achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for;
So where did this “wall” come from? A letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association, written in 1802 in response to a letter of theirs concerning problems they were having with the Connecticut state legislature. The Danbury Baptist Association was a minority religion in Connecticut, and they were complaining to Jefferson that “what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the state) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights.”
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
Read carefully: Jefferson was speaking about the federal government (“the whole American people which declared that their legislature”), thus freeing the state governments to do, well, pretty much whatever they wanted. And the fact remains that Jefferson’s statement is not law. No matter how much the liberal intelligencia in this country want it to be law, and have massaged it into the brains of the American people that it is in the Constitution, in fact no such “wall” exists in the law.
And that, dear readers, is what this war needs to be about. Not birth control and morning after pills. Not even religious liberty. But the fact that this “wall” doesn’t exist. Now, the Obamacare regulation does infringe upon the “free exercise” clause of the 1st Amendment, but when the liberals say the government does have that power, then they are admitting that there is no wall of separation. And if the government can tell a Church what to do, then all of the “Freedom From Religion” lawsuits who want religion out of government have no basis either.
So let us take this war gladly. Let us once and for all demolish this fictional “wall of separation”. And when we’re done, when we’ve won, we’ll have also demolished Obamacare and all its unconstitutional tentacles around our freedoms, religious freedoms among them.