This may come as a great surprise to many (mostly because of the huge amount of revisionist history that has taken place in our public schools), but the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America was written for one religion and one religion only; Christianity.
It was not written to make “religion” (whatever you may call your religion) something free, but to make Christianity free!
I know…how inclusive of me to suggest such a thing, huh? How tolerant of me to exclude every other religion in the world and suggest that our forefathers would dare design a law to protect those who practice the only truth faith in the world, isn’t it?
Yes, I’m being very exclusive and very intolerant….and I’m not sorry.
And neither were the founding fathers of this nation.
Fact is, the First Amendment was designed to protect the nation’s churches from having one sect (or denomination) of Christianity established as a “national religion” over another sect of Christianity (i.e. Baptist over Presbyterian).
Thus was born the phrase “separation of Church and State” which has been abused and misused since 1947. It was at this time that Jefferson’s letter to Danbury Baptist was wrongly applied to the case of Everson vs. Board of Education where they linked the 14th Amendment (regarding states rights) to the application of the 1st Amendment which was well understood to be a restriction on the Federal government.
For more on this topic I would point you to the following essay which gives a great peak into history and how exactly we got screwed up on the First Amendment:
Another great resource can be found here:
Up until that point the First Amendment was well understood by everyone for over 150 years.
Unlike what liberals and progressives try to revise history to say…Jefferson was in no way, shape, or form advocating that Christianity or some nebulous idea of “religion” didn’t belong in public matters, public schools, or government.
In fact, a basic second grade education in reading gives everyone in this country the power to confirm this by empowering them to engage in the reading of history document after history document affirming the place of Christian ideals in the public square.
Here’s a great quote from Jefferson to fellow Declaration signer Benjamin Rush:
“[T]he clause of the Constitution which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians and Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes and they believe that any portion of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly.”
Notice that you didn’t see anything in that quote mentioning Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, or any other religion EXCEPT Christianity.
Unfortunately, too many would rather take their liberal professors word for it that Jefferson wanted nothing to do with God or religion in government or in our nations founding. Sorry folks…historical fact doesn’t support your “history” professor’s personal hopes and dreams of being an anti-God nation.
Want another great eye opener?
How about the early state constitutions which actually placed requirements on politicians to make a public profession of faith in the Christian God (not in Allah, not in Jehovah, not in Buddha, not in Shiva, not in any other religions holy figure…God of the Bible alone).
The Federal Government DIDN’T actually stop them from doing it either.
WHAT?! YOU MEAN THEY REQUIRED PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO BE CHRISTIAN AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DIDN’T STOP THEM?!
Yep….that’s right. They didn’t….and that’s because for 150 years it was understood and accepted that the First Amendment was designed to protect the free exercise of Christian worship and religious practice….and it was also understood that the States had more power than the Federal Government for anything not enumerated in the Constitution.
Perhaps one day we will get back to the original intent of our nations founding documents. Of course, this will require a major overhaul of the public school system and correcting over 60 years of wrong thinking.
We’ve got a long road ahead of us….but I’m prepared to make the journey!
How about you?