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February 2005   alan stang
Communist Wall, Separating God And State By Alan Stang (Kevin Shannon's Favorite Columnist)


By: Alan Stang

Regular readers of these diatribes may well want to skip this week’s rant because they probably know what I am going to discuss by heart. I discuss it again only because recently I ran into a couple of shocking examples of it, two otherwise well-informed people who believed – until they ran into me – that the phrase, "separation of church and state," appears in the U.S. Constitution.

Church and religion are mentioned only in one place in that document, in the First Amendment to it, which is part of the so-called "Bill of Rights," the first ten amendments. And all it says is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

That is the law. Notice that it does not grant any rights to the people. The people had the rights before the Constitution and didn’t need it to get them. The purpose of the Amendment was to guarantee rights the people already had. Instead of granting rights, it limits the power of Congress, forbidding it to make law in any of the designated areas.

Congress can make no law that would prohibit religious worship, freedom of speech, to which religious worship is akin, freedom of the press, the right to assemble or the right to petition the government for relief from some grievance. Congress can also make no law about "an establishment of religion." What is an establishment of religion?

It is a government church. In England there was a government church, an "established" church, the Church of England, created by Henry VIII in his fruitless quest for a son. The Church of England forbade worship in private homes, forced people to attend under the Conventicle Act of 1665 and allowed no other church.

Those were the reasons so many otherwise inclined Christians left England and embarked upon the hazardous journey to the New World. They wanted the right to worship as they chose in the church they chose. But because they were rotten with sin like everyone else, some, maybe many, of them believed that freedom meant only freedom for themselves.

So, in some of the English colonies that arose, they established government churches, colonial churches. Connecticut, for instance, was a Congregationalist colony and then, under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, a Congregationalist state. Such a (government) church was bad, if you believed otherwise, but at least there was a solution. You could leave the state. For that reason, the Fathers inserted the language in the First Amendment that forbade the new federal government to make any law about establishing a national government church from which there could be no escape. Remember that lawyer Patrick Henry, father of the Bill of Rights, argued against the Virginia preachers who demanded that the colonial government continue to pay them in tobacco. He won.

But up in Connecticut, some Baptists worried. The Congregationalist state government was oppressing them and now came a rumor that said Congregationalism would be made the national religion and their worry became alarm. In the fall of 1801, they wrote to the President seeking reassurance.

And President Tom Jefferson gave it to them. After considerable consultation, study and pondering, the President wrote the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut on January 1, 1802: "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."

Roger Williams, the Baptist founder of Rhode Island, had written: "When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the Church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made his garden a wilderness, as at this day. And that there fore if He will e'er please to restore His garden and paradise again, it must of necessity be walled in peculiarly unto Himself from the world. . . ."

So President Tom used that Baptist language to reassure the Danbury Baptists that the new-fangled experiment the Constitution created would not "establish" a national church. The "wall" would separate church and state. It would not separate God and state. The men who built the "wall" would have considered such a separation preposterous. How do we know that?

We know it because again and again, in everything they said officially, they talked about God and Christianity, because they routinely mentioned God in their legislation, because they decorated government buildings with Biblical symbols and art – which today’s Communists are trying to remove – because the constitutions of all fifty states pay homage to Him, and on and on.

The President’s letter settled the matter, except for preposterous grumbling according to which President Jefferson was some kind of atheist and therefore didn’t mean it. Really? Didn’t Tom write the Declaration of Independence? Ever hear of it? Wasn’t he also president of the American Bible Society?

So what happened? How did we get from there to here? As regular readers know, the Communists have long realized that the only way they can conquer this country is by destroying its foundations. Those foundations are Christian, so they must destroy Christianity. How could they do that?

Enter the anti-American Communist Liars Union. It was founded in 1920 by Roger N. Baldwin, who said, "Communism is the goal." Among its early founders and leaders were Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and William Z. Foster, both of whom became General Secretaries of the Communist Party. The goal of ACLU has always been to destroy Christianity in this country.

The Communists are studious historians. In 1947, the case of Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township, 330 US 1, went to the Supreme Court. At issue was the fact that New Jersey subsidized transportation for students attending parochial schools. It was attorney Leo Pfeffer – of ACLU – who resurrected the phrase Thomas Jefferson had cribbed from Roger Williams, and the court adopted it.

Leo Pfeffer, of ACLU, was the lying offspring of an unmarried female dog. Here is what he wrote in Speak Out Against the New Right (Boston, Beacon Press, 1982): "The concept that true religious freedom mandates a separation of church and state is peculiarly American. It was written into the Constitution as the first words of the First Amendment . . . ." (italics added)

Is it any wonder that so many deluded Americans today believe what Pfeffer said is true? It is one thing to disagree about what something means. It is quite another to lie about what it says. Is there any doubt that this lying subversive is lying? Is it possible that constitutional attorney Pfeffer didn’t know what the First Amendment really says?

Notice the typically Communist breathless audacity his comment displays. It isn’t that hard to find the First Amendment. The Communists will lie in your face while you are holding the evidence in your hands. That is why, in the face of overwhelming evidence, they boldly deny that the United States ever was a Christian nation.

Here is a clue. In 1988, the American Humanist Association named Lying Leo Pfeffer Humanist of the Year. Humanism is a religion. Its adherents say so. It is the religion of Communism. It is the original religion of Satan, which worships man. It is the religion the Communists are using to replace Christianity. Pfeffer did not necessarily oppose religion; he opposed our religion, the worship of Jesus.

The Communists have captured our schools and turned them into the Humanist Church. The schools forbid any expression of Christianity for the same reason the Roman Catholics would forbid a Baptist service in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and vice versa. So, the advocates of "separation of church and state" do not believe it themselves. They want to replace one church with another. They want union of church and state.

So, although you probably know all this by heart, it is apparently impossible to repeat it too much. This is a Christian nation. It was founded to be a Christian nation by men who were Christians. The present assault on Christianity is part of the Communist war to destroy our country.

It was Lenin who is supposed to have written that the west would fall into Communist hands like overripe fruit. Exactly that is happening, except that with the explosion of Communist sodomy it is falling into the hands of overripe fruit. You know what you must do. Stop retreating. Stand forth as warriors for the faith.

Alan Stang has been a network radio talk show host and was one of Mike Wallace's first writers. He was a senior writer for American Opinion magazine and has lectured around the world for more than 30 years. He is also the author of ten books. Go to to read about Alan Stang's blockbuster new novel, He, about the greatest hero of all time, Jesus Christ.

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