The Deplorable Infidel
A LETTER THE FAR LEFT DOES NOT WANT YOU TO READ
In 1947, in one of the most famous dissents in history, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black argued that the Fourteenth Amendment incorporated all aspects of the Bill of Rights and applied them to the states. In this landmark decision, Everson vs. Board of Education the Supreme Court applied the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to state law. The Establishment Clause states that Congress shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion.” The Court, through Justice Hugo Black, ruled that a state bill was constitutionally permissible because the reimbursements were offered to all students regardless of religion and the payments were made to parents and not to any religious institution. Perhaps as important as the actual outcome, though, was the interpretation given by the entire Court to the Establishment Clause. It reflected a broad and unconstitutional interpretation of the Clause that was to guide the Court’s decisions for decades to come. Justice Black wrote in his opinion: “In the words of Jefferson, the Clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.”
As used in the United States, the term “separation of church and state” originated from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in response to a letter he had received from Baptist in Danbury, Connecticut. He wrote “… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” No metaphor in American letters has had a more profound influence on law and policy than Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” Today, Jefferson’s figure of speech is accepted by the far left as a pithy description of the constitutionally prescribed church-state arrangement and has become the sacred icon of a strict separationist dogma that champions a secular polity in which religious influences are systematically and coercively stripped from public life.
In a letter to the Rev. Samuel Miller, Dated January 23, 1808, Jefferson wrote: “I have duly received your favor of the 18th and am thankful to you for having written it, because it is more agreeable to prevent than to refuse what I do not think myself authorized to comply with. I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment, or free exercise, or religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the U.S. Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general [i.e. federal] government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority. But it is only proposed that I should recommend, not prescribe a day of fasting and prayer.”
This letter shows Jefferson thought the Constitutional division between federal and state powers, as well as the First Amendment, prevented him from issuing a proclamation setting a day for fasting and thanksgiving. First, the Tenth Amendment reserves to the States all powers not delegated to the Federal Government. No power whatsoever to regulate religious matters has been delegated to the Federal Government in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the Enumerated Powers! Thus, any authority to do so, if authority exists, must rest with the States. The concept expressed in this letter is significant because it contributes to Jefferson’s thoughts on the degree of separation between church and state. As this letter indicates, Jefferson opposed any federal regulation of religious matters. As to whether he opposed state government regulation of religion is less clear, but his letter does express his understanding that if the authority to regulate religious matters can be placed in the hands of men, it must be a the state level!
The Deplorable Infidel
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
Congress is worthless as a hind tit on a boar hog.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
The supply of government exceeds the demand.