Polls show that Americans reject the left’s fraudulent “church and state” narrative. Polls conducted by Pew Research, Gallup, and Rasmussen all show that the American people strongly oppose liberal attempts to re-write the First Amendment into some kind of requirement to eradicate all things Christian (and only Christian) from all things public.
Pew Research found that nearly three-quarters of Americans support nativity scenes and other Christian symbols on government property. Rasmussen adds that just over three-quarters want greater observance of Christmas in public schools, and that most support more religious involvement in education. Gallup has also consistently found for many years that Americans overwhelmingly support keeping “In God We Trust” on our currency, Ten Commandments displays in our public buildings, and prayer in our public schools.
Despite relentless attempts by radical left-wing groups like the communist-founded ACLU to misinform the public and erroneously stigmatize any public acknowledgement of our Judeo-Christian heritage, Americans still solidly support free religious exercise and see nothing wrong with honoring our religious roots in public forums. Refusing to be intimidated into apologizing for our religious origins, history, and cultural identity in no way violates any part of the Constitution.
Let’s review. “Separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution. It is an outright fabrication used by the left to misrepresent a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists (explaining to them that the Federal Government had no business establishing any kind of national religion) as proof that the Founders actually wrote the 1st Amendment to ban any mention of Christianity at any level of government. This is a blatant falsehood, as is standard with the left.
As further clarified in “Top ten liberal lies about the Constitution”:
New York and Virginia originally refused to ratify the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights was added specifically to convince them that this new federal government we were creating would never trample their rights. Seen in its proper historical context like this, it becomes clear that the Bill of Rights was a protection of the States and The People vs. the Federal Government. What the 1st Amendment expressly protects is the “free religious exercise” of the states and citizens, by preventing the Federal Government from imposing a religion at the national level.
This in no way implies that any and all signs of our Judeo-Christian heritage (‘One nation, under God,’ ‘In God We Trust,’ etc.) must be erased from all federal buildings, our currency, or the Pledge. In fact, Benjamin Franklin himself proposed that our Great Seal be an image of Moses parting the Red Sea, with the inscription, ‘Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.’
And it certainly doesn’t imply that state and local governments face any federal restrictions whatsoever on their decisions regarding religion (that would be the exact opposite of the 1st Amendment’s stated intent, in fact). If people find it inappropriate, for instance, for an Alabama judge to decorate his courthouse with a Ten Commandments display, then, according to the Constitution, that is a matter for the people of Alabama to decide, not some federal court.
The Federal Government even being involved in such a case constitutes an outright reversal of what the Founding Fathers put in place. Some of the ratifying states, like Massachusetts, even had official state religions at the time of the Founding. Clearly, this is not what was intended…
Liberals simply pretend that the Constitution says what they want it to say and relentlessly misinform the public to make it seem valid.
As with virtually everything liberals do, their deliberate misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause is about Democrat power. It is about the left’s unending war on all things white, male, Christian, and American. And it is about imposing a tyrannical Atheist agenda on an unwilling public, under the cynical guise of defending the very Constitution that they are falling over each other to destroy.