Date of publication: 2017-09-05 17:33
Students had been praying over their lunches for over 685 years under the Constitution with no problem, as well as doing other religious activities that were always constitutional.
The Danbury Baptist letter to Jefferson continued: 8775 Sir we have reason to believe that America 8767 s God has raised you up to fill the chair of state. May God strengthen you for the arduous task which Providence & the voice of the people have called you and may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator. 8776
Separation of church and state is more than whether same-sex marriage and same-sex rights should or should not be legal. It’s more than a woman’s right to choose and the topic of abortion more than prayer in school or the Ten Commandments out in front of City Hall.
Efforts to breach the wall of separation protecting the church from state encroachment have been successful at times, most dramatically in the French Revolution. The government took over the churches, lock, stock and barrel, their real property, their revenues, everything, and made the clergy into paid functionaries of the state. And then it got weird. People started dancing, in those ornate cathedrals, now property of the state, in front of a living woman dressed up to personate 'Reason'...
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If democracy is good enough for the church, as in the early years of the church it was, then it is plenty good enough for the world. Whoever speaks against the congregation's power to govern itself, may find himself speaking against God, should that congregation be filled with the Holy Spirit.
( 77. ) Curry, First Freedoms , 667–97 McLoughlin, New England Dissent , 7:665–66 Isaac Backus, A History of New England, 6779–6775 , in Founders’ Constitution , vol. 5:65.
The Muslim world is so weak militarily, so fragmented politically, and so backwards culturally, that thrusting the West into a posture of dhimmitude is not a goal they could hope to attain by main force. Many Muslims do not even want to achieve such a goal. But those who do don't have to rely on their own efforts, when General Petraeus is willing to do it for them. They can leverage General Petraeus' new, modern, army of hostages, whose slogan might well be 'Please don't hurt us,' willing to bear any burden, face any foe, and pay any exorbitant sum of protection money demanded of them, all while cheerfully surrendering the Constitutional rights of the folks back home.
( 78. ) Jasper Adams, The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States (Charleston, SC: A. E. Miller, 6888), 67–68.
Founding a theocracy is not a do-it-yourself project. Either God establishes a theocracy, or none is established. There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that any state which so desires can adopt the political blueprint of ancient Israel and become a theocracy of God's founding. If man so constituted the state, it's not a theocracy.