“Separation of Church and State” Is Not in The U.S. Constitution

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, not one of the ninety Founding Fathers stated, argued for or against, or even referred to such a phrase when they debated for months about the specific words to use when writing the First Amendment. Congressional Records from June 7 to September 25, 1789 reveal that none of these men, including Thomas Jefferson, ever used the phrase, “separation of church and state.”

One advocacy group claims, “courts have said that church-state separation IS found in the U.S. Constitution, and what the Declaration of Independence says or doesn’t say is irrelevant to legal discussions because it’s not a governance document.”

Two of the three parts of this claim are false.

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The Legacy of the Meikleour Beech Hedge

Meikleour Beech HedgeThe tallest hedge in the world, continues to thrive 270 years after it was planted in Scottish soil, once soaked by Protestant and Catholic blood. The Meikleour Beech Hedge testifies to a boundless love that overcomes hatred and surpasses death.

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The Origin of “Separation of Church and State” in America

The thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries are marked by the blood of hundreds of thousands of Christians who were slaughtered by Christians in the name of God.

In the 1600s, civil war raged throughout Europe. In England, King James and King Charles I wrestled with separatist dissent. Charles dissolved Parliament, Catholics and Protestants were killing each other in England, Ireland, and Scotland, and eventually, Charles was beheaded. Throughout this, England’s kings and Parliament wanted a national church.

It was within this context that America’s story began. Puritans began fleeing England in 1620; over the next twenty years about 20,000 would arrive in New England. However, when the two ministers John Winthrop and Roger Williams disagreed over the basic principles that would form a new society, an ideological struggle began that would seep through American culture well before it became a country.

Roger Williams championed the ideal of “Soul Libertie” and the separation of church and state, effectively persuading leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. His ingenuity rooted the American identity in freedom, which he believed God granted to every person. People could live in a society that safeguarded individualy liberty and religious freedom, and be assured that its government would not interfere, dictate, or control religious beliefs or worship.

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Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

The Emmy-Award winning drama, 24: Live Another Day, effectively illustrates the universal reality that evil is as real as our need to be saved from it.

While watching the entire series up to the latest episode, I recognized redemptive analogies woven throughout a narrative that necessitated a lone “universal hero” archetype in the character of Jack Bauer. His story is hard to accept–simply because most of us know very few people who have the courage or ability to repeatedly make sacrifices for others, if at all.

But at the same time, we identify with Bauer, rooting for him, because we yearn for a transcendent reality, something we sense deep down inside of ourselves as true, but do not readily experience in our lives. (2 Cor. 5:2, 13:12, Heb. 11:16, Ps. 84, Rom. 8:16, 8:26, Job 32:8, Ecc. 3:11).

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ObamaCare to Increase Health Insurance Premiums by 100-400 Percent, Deficit and Taxes to Skyrocket

Americans have every right to be worried. Come January 1, 2014 and for years to come, their health insurance premiums will implode, their taxes will increase, and the nation’s deficit will soar- all thanks to President Obama, those who voted for him, and Democratic Congressmembers who voted for ObamaCare.

Americans can expect individual premiums to become unaffordable. Health insurance costs will go up because medical claims costs will become more expensive to process due to ObamaCare regulations. The cost to implement ObamaCare will significantly increase the deficit, and taxes to pay for ObamaCare will increase as well. And, don’t forget that the trusted IRS is tasked with enforcing ObamaCare and that every taxpayer will have to submit their health insurance information with their taxes.

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The Homosexual Assault on Religious Freedom

There is an unfortunate reality sweeping across America. Homosexuals’ “civil rights” are considered to be legally greater than a Christian’s claim to religious liberty. As a result of exercising their faith, Christians are being punished legally and financially. Christians are called “bigots” for maintaining their convictions and their faith is marginalized, minimized, and mocked because they believe in the biblical view of marriage.

At stake is whether or not Christians will risk losing their livelihood and/or pay hefty fines for holding fast to their religious beliefs.

Consider the plight of bakers, photographers, florists, and property owners, who are being sued and ostracized because of their faith.

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Pimp-in-Chief: Promoting Sex to 10 Year-Old Girls

If you didn’t think things could get worse under the Obama Administration, think again.

It appears we now have a Pimp-in-Chief, promoting through the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health, a website, www.girlshealth.gov, which defines anal sex, mutual masturbation, gay sex, birth control, and emergency contraceptives to girls aged 10-16-as normal and healthy.

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