“It is IMPOSSIBLE to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington
It’s the year 2015, and the City of Wadena, Minnesota is threatened with a lawsuit if they do not remove a nativity display from the City Park and residents’ revolt by displaying nativity scenes throughout the City. Nice going Wadena!
Many believe the false premise that “separation of church and state” is found in the United States Constitution. It is not. What is found in our Constitution, and specifically the First Amendment, is the Free Exercise Clause whereby “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
The ‘concept’ of separation of church and state originated in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. In that letter, Jefferson refers to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Jefferson writes:
‘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 and State.’
The Baptists of 1802 feared government interference in their manner of worship. Jefferson’s letter described the Bill of Rights prevented the government from forming the establishment of a national church. Jefferson assured the Baptists they did not have to fear their government with respect to religious freedom.
Atheism, a belief there is no god, is contrasted with theism, a belief there is a God, and, therefore, constitutes a belief or religion. To remove a nativity display on behalf of an atheist group defeats the entire ‘concept’ of their supposed offense.
The founders of America believed Christianity should be an integral part of the governance of our society.
“The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses” – Thomas Jefferson
I am proud of the citizens of Wadena, Minnesota, my hometown, for standing in defiance of those who would seek to remove Christ out of Christmas.
Arizona State Representative Anthony Kern (former Wadena resident)