Setting aside all the overwhelming arguments that prove, by word and deed, the original intent of the framers of our Constitution to keep God in our government – the march towards the removal of Him continues. That there should be no federal church and that the freedom of worship should be maintained was also clearly the Framers intent, making the separation of church and state a precept that protects the churches as much as it protects the state. But with each passing victory of the Left in the removal of God and His words from federal institutions, one may ask- What's the big deal about God in Government anyway? How can we reconcile the inclusion of God as well as the separation of church and state?..
Consider the two great totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. In the Third Reich, Martin Bormann exclaimed publicly, "National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable". The Nazi leaderships plan was to replace the Bible with Mein Kampf and "the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches…" The Soviets attitude of religion being the 'Opiate of the masses' lead to their version of a 'drug war' from the Red Terror onward with mass murder of priests of all denominations in both Russia proper and the post-WWII territories they acquired. We have only recently learned about Stalin's plan to liquidate the Jews a la the 'Doctors Plot', thus completing Hitler's work.
In the First case the Nazis sought to create a "National Reich Church" but the Judeo-Christian "God" was not to be found in this institution. In the case of the Communists, with so many enemies of the state and counter-revolutionaries to eliminate, they found it prudent to control the remaining shell of the accepted churches and use them for state propaganda.
But doesn't all this only reinforce the need FOR clear separation of Church and State, particularly when we find our current enemies among the Islamic Theocracies? Absolutely. And that is why this principle should be protected - but this has nothing to do with God- this has to do with Religion. The First Amendment is there to prevent the establishment of a state church and prevent one church from becoming supreme through federal power over another thereby protecting the freedom of worship.
The crux of the issue is clear…In the Declaration of Independence it states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We as Americans are given our rights not by any government, committee, or person but by God. And these rights are unalienable and unassailable so that no government, politburo, or dictator can ever take them away from us.
In fact, the purpose of the Government is to protect these rights. If we remove God from the equation, as we are slowly doing, then our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is derived through the State- a creation of Man by constitution or whim. What can be given by Man can also be taken away by Man. What can be given by a State can also be taken away by a State. So where do you want to derive your basic rights from? From Man or from the omnipotent, and yes, Judeo-Christian God?
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