RELIGIOUS PROBLEMS MUST BE SOLVED WITHIN THE VARIOUS STATES
In Thomas Jefferson’s second inaugural address, he virtually signaled the states to press forward in settling their religious issues, since it was within their jurisdiction and not that of the federal government: “In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercise suited to it; but have left them as the Constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of State or Church authorities acknowledged by the several societies.”
Jefferson along with the other founders, believed that it was within the power of the various states to eliminate those inequities which existed between the various faiths and then pursue a policy of encouraging religious institutions of all kinds, because it was in the public interest to use their influence to provide the moral stability needed for “good government and the happiness of mankind.”
Jefferson’s resolution for disestablishing the Church of England in Virginia was not set up a wall between the state and the church, but simply, as he explained it, for the purpose of “taking away the privilege and preeminence of one religious sect over another, and thereby establishing… EQUAL … RIGHTS AMONG ALL.”
In a letter to Rev. Samuel Miller dated January 23, 1808, Jefferson wrote in part: “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 government. It must 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 aside a day for fasting and thanksgiving. The Tenth Amendment reserves to the states 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! Therefore, all the federal court rulings on religious matters are unconstitutional. These rulings are a prime example of how progressive judges legislate from the bench to advance their liberal agenda.
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”
“You Just Can’t Make This S**t Up” category
A Utah couple are banned from waving their Betsy Ross flag at Real Salt Lake soccer games because the team says it has become a symbol for hate groups.
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
A Montgomery County Maryland high school created its own grading policy, telling teachers they can no longer give students a grade of “zero” even if the student doesn’t do any work. Thank goodness for the parents standing up and saying no to this outrageous policy. The school system has now withdrawn the policy. Just more of the progressive crap.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.