"It is the duty of our Christian nation to select Christians for their rulers." These words were spoken by John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If a person dared to speak these words today, he would be branded a narrow-minded bigot. This is because of the erroneous concept of the separation of church and state. The concept, penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1802, never was intended to keep Christian principles out of government, but to ensure their inclusion in government, and to keep government out of religion.
Clarification of this, which is conveniently excluded when the topic is brought up, is given in the same letter. Further credence is given in the fact that many state constitutions forbade a person from holding political office without a professed faith in Jesus Christ. Remember that the authors of these state constitutions were the same Founding Fathers of our U.S. Constitution.
The Founding Fathers' view of the separation of church and state was totally antithetical to that of today's, thanks to the renegade decision of the 1947 Supreme Court, which decided to interject its own interpretation of this concept, and illegitimize the author's original intent. This led to the preposterous decisions to cast out God, prayer and the Ten Commandments from our public schools and public forums. Today's society has been so indoctrinated in the erroneous concept of church and state separation that, until its original intent is restored, or until today's convoluted understanding of it is expunged, legislatures and judges will continue to form public policies that declare good to be evil, and evil to be good. Our U.S. Supreme Court is proof of this. In the absence of biblical absolutes, virtually anything can be justified as right, no matter how morally reprehensible it may be. How far our nation has strayed from our biblical foundations!
Brian Regitko, Augusta
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