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The separation of church, state concept

July 29, 2012
Kerry Jech, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

If we say something often enough, even if it has absolutely no basis in fact, people who want to believe it, will believe it. In our nation's 236-year history, the United States Supreme Court has never found either the wording or the concept of the "separation of church and state" in our U.S. Constitution. A research of the context in which Thomas Jefferson used the phrase in a letter he wrote, proves my point. Many presidential proclamations, as well as quotations from U.S. Supreme Court justices, further prove that our nation's leaders have either been ignorant of such a clause or it has never really existed.

In truth, many Bible verses were used in writing the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and most of the state constitutions. The concept for our judicial, executive and legislative branches of government came directly from Isaiah 33:22. The so-called, "law" revoking the tax exempt status of non-profits violating this mythical clause did not exist until the 1950s. "Google" Lyndon Johnson and find out why. While some threaten evangelical and conservative Christian churches with losing their tax exempt status if they engage in campaign activities, no church has actually ever lost its tax exempt status. Why do these same people not complain or threaten to revoke the tax exempt status of churches where the Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and others use their pulpits to criticize government leaders or tell people how to vote?

Michelle Obama, recently addressed a church convention of 10,000 African Methodist Episcopal Church members with these words: "If anyone says the church is no place to talk about these issues, tell them there's no place better. Ultimately, these are not just political issues, but moral issues. They're issues that have to do with human dignity and human potential and the future we want for our kids and grandkids!"

After reading the entire speech, one can easily conclude that it was an obviously political speech delivered at a church convention. Did anyone tell the president's wife she shouldn't have brought politics into their convention? I actually support Mrs. Obama's constitutional right to deliver a political message at a church convention. But, I also expect the same constitutional right for every American, regardless of where they are in the political spectrum.



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