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In Support of “Separation of Church and State” March 20, 2007

Posted by federalist in Government.
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Our Constitution erects no “Wall of separation between Church and State,” but I would be happy to respect one if the liberals who so adamantly agitate for it would respect it themselves.

After all, New Deal liberals have manipulated our federal government into a tool for coercing all Americans to follow their moral programs for intervening in almost every facet of American life.  The fact that theirs is a godless religion does not make it any less of an establishment.  Their clerics exhort them from the halls of academia and the pulpits of the mainstream media.  Their politician-priests compel even the unbelievers to pay taxes for non-Constitutional government activities — regardless of whether an individual agrees with their purpose or means.

John Marini has an eloquent summary of this conflict:

Indeed, they resemble the religious quarrels that once convulsed western society. The progressive defenders of the bureaucratic state see government as the source of benevolence, the moral embodiment of the collective desire to bring about social justice as a practical reality. They believe that only mean-spirited reactionaries can object to a government whose purpose is to bring about this good end. Defenders of the older constitutionalism, meanwhile, see the bureaucratic state as increasingly tyrannical and destructive of inalienable rights.

Ironically, the American regime was the first to solve the problem of religion in politics. Religion, too, had sought to establish the just or good society—the city of God—upon earth. But as the Founders knew, this attempt had simply led to various forms of clerical tyranny. Under the American Constitution, individuals would have religious liberty but churches would not have the power to enforce their claims on behalf of the good life. Today, with the replacement of limited government constitutionalism by an administrative state, we see the emergence of a new form of elite, seeking to establish a new form of perfect justice. But as the Founders and Reagan understood, in the absence of angels governing men, or men becoming angels, limited government remains the most reasonable and just form of human government.

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1. Bill Van Workum - March 21, 2007

It was Ronald Reagan who also once said, “without God, democracy will not and cannot endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

2. federalist - September 13, 2009

Norman Podhoretz wrote Why Are Jews Liberals? and noted of his ethnic group:

[I]n virtually every instance of a clash between Jewish law and contemporary liberalism, it is the liberal creed that prevails for most American Jews. Which is to say that for them, liberalism has become more than a political outlook. It has for all practical purposes superseded Judaism and become a religion in its own right. And to the dogmas and commandments of this religion they give the kind of steadfast devotion their forefathers gave to the religion of the Hebrew Bible. For many, moving to the right is invested with much the same horror their forefathers felt about conversion to Christianity.


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