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Friday, June 4, 2010

School Can’t Hold Commencement In A Church

You have undoubtedly heard of the case of the Connecticut school wanting to hold a graduation in a church because of the convenience and cost. A federal judge ruled May 31 the school district's plan to hold graduation ceremonies violated the separation of church and state and ordered school officials to find a secular site. The school board decided not to appeal. Click here or here.

And you have heard from the crazy, loopy Leftists agree that this was a violation of church and state.

These people who repeat this mantra are simply anti-Christian ignoramuses.

First the constitution says nothing about the “separation of church” What the first amendment actually says is that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion” That is it, there is no phrase of “separation of church and state”.

When interpreting any law one must abide by the clear intent of the legislature. In this case it is the clear intent of the framers of the American Constitution.

To understand the legislative intent you must consider that in Europe in many countries had a state religion, for example in England they fought consistently over whether the state religion should be Roman Catholic or Protestant. A lot of folks died over that issue.

The framers of the constitution, wanting to avoid this, passed the First Amendment. In short they wanted to avoid a state sponsored religion.

The actual phrase of “separation” came from a misquote of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 in which he referred to a "wall of separation," assuring the Baptists the state government would not restrict the practice of their particular form of Christianity.

In 1892, the Supreme Court of the United States gave what is known as the Trinity Decision. The Court declared, "[The United States] is a Christian nation." Or as John Quincy Adams said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was, it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

So there.

Carl, The Violent Viking

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