There is a vast difference between “Separation of Church and State” and “Separation of God and State.” In the current controversy, and for decades, the worthy concept suggested by Thomas Jefferson when he referred to “Separation of Church and State” (in a letter, not the “Constitution”) has been skillfully manipulated and twisted to purposes very different from his own. His words have been hijacked to camouflage an agenda of removing from this nation all public recognition of God’s authority and all reverential comments to Him. Certain “revisionists” are attempting, with astonishing success, to re-invent our nation’s history and deny our liberties through “activist” courts radically pursuing, for example, even the removal of “In God We Trust” from our coins. In whom, then, shall we trust?
A more accurate interpretation of Jefferson’s meaning would equate “Separation of Church and State” with “Freedom from a State Sponsored Church and/or Church Sponsored State.” Our founders held to be “self-evident” the truth that God “created” and “endowed us with certain inalienable rights” and they credited the Almighty with guiding the birth of this nation. In Washington, D.C., this historic faith-tradition is affirmed on our national buildings and documents.
In 1776, were there people who ignored God’s authority, disregarding His “Ten Commandments”? Absolutely! But then, as now, such people are privileged to enjoy (not destroy) the blessings and freedoms provided by our “Constitution” authored by God-honoring leaders. The “Establishment Clause” wisely provides for the “Separation of Church and State”.