Thursday, June 02, 2005

Save Freedom of Worship

This poster from another time in the history of our country tells quite a story. Freedom of worship was valued and protected. Today there is a war going on against that freedom. The first amendment is supposed to guarantee our freedom of religion, yet nowhere in the bill are the words: "separation", "church", or "state". Isn't that amazing? Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter quoting the first amendment, and attached the Baptist term " separation of church and state" after the quote.

"January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut: I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.
Jefferson was attempting to remove all fears that the government would make dictates to the somewhat outcast Baptist church, therefore he established common ground with them by using the words of Roger Williams, one of their most prominent preachers. Even more amazing it is that those Baptists understood the "wall" was to protect the church from the state, not vice versa, as is happening today. The first amendment that Jefferson quoted, in the U.S. Constitution, is supposed to protect the churches from the state, but it doesn't seem to be working very well for Christian churches.

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog, which means that all of the previous comments are gone. However, they are NOT forgotten, neither are they lost. I just need to learn how to find them and how to re - post them:
Trackbacked at The Mudville Gazette and Wizbang's CARNIVAL OF THE TRACKBACKS, XV

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