Would it make you feel bad if I dashed some of your closely held illusions today? Thanks, I think I will.
I was so happy to see “Separation of Church and State” in some of the comments yesterday.
Good lord, we toss that phrase around like it came down on a tablet from Heaven.
Alright, group challenge: Go find that phrase in the Constitution.
I’ll wait; go ahead.
Didn’t find it, did you? That’s probably because it’s NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION. The term “separation of church and state” was used in a lettter written by Thomas Jefferson, and the context of the phrase was that he was trying to protect religion from the government, not the other way around. “The Government shall establish no religion.” The reason he felt a need to express this thought was that in England, the government had decided to establish the Church of England, and then fund it, which meant that Catholics were getting money from the government, and the anglicans weren’t. And since the vast majority of the founding fathers were Anglicans, it was a pretty hot topic of the day.
The founding documents of the United States were never intended to govern individuals. They are the rules for the government. We don’t have a national religion. The government doesn’t fund any particular church. So, I’d say the Constitution is being upheld quite nicely, and then some. So, politicians that believe in God can’t talk about it? That’s just idioted. They have just as much right to their opinions as you. And so long as they don’t start funding churches or establishing a national religion, then we won’t have a problem.
And on to another closely held, incorrect belief.
You have no Constitutional “right to privacy.” Go ahead and look…
Didn’t find it, did you? That’s because it’s NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION.
You have protection from illegal search and seizure. But that’s it.
Congress banned partial birth abortion. Activist judges have overturned that congressional action in almost every state by citing that it “violates a woman’s right to privacy.” Which is not a right granted by the Constitution. Which means that judges are making it up as they go along.
You can try to argue it any way you like, but you can’t make a Constitutional case for either of those concepts.
So knock yourselves out, oh wise ones.