A Few Thoughts
A small note: This was the first post I wrote on Medium. It’s still very true.
I had to take a while to think about, what I wanted to write. I think I’ve come up with a subject that I think will be worth spending some time on today.
Our nation was never meant to be what many on the right call a “Christian” Nation. It was always meant to be a secular nation with secular values. The Separation of Church and State is something that has been hardwired into our nation since it’s founding. Thomas Jefferson said it best when addressing Danbury Baptist association with a new year address in 1802 just over 200 years ago.
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
As you can see, that although Thomas Jefferson may have been Christian himself, he still believed that the church should stay out of State Affairs and should have no sway in the running of the federal, state, or local government.
Although there was considerable influence during the latter parts of the 19th century and the early half of the 20th century, the right of having a freedom to practice any religion or even no religion, was encapsulated in the 1st amendment and then supported by the establishment clause. Which as previously stated says, “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,”
So one would have to wonder if the current administration is either ignoring it, or if they are just so ignorant and uneducated that they are just being the bull in the china shop, and are unaware that they are breaking everything they touch.