Another Example of Plastic, Phony and Ignorant Christianity

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The state of Christianity in America today is lukewarm at best, and shrinking in influence over the culture and in practice.

While mega-churches sprawl the Suburban landscape and tens of thousands hold their hands in the air to the uplifting music – Christianity has effectively become nothing more than a once-a-week or twice-a-year emotional tampon of feel-good rhetoric that a vast majority of people use to soak up guilt for absolution and an emoting experience. Little life changing and correcting fruits are seen these days.

How can I say such a thing? The fruits are rotten. Sure there are stadiums filled with thousands of people singing, crying and praying to evangelists and showmen who fill their emotional gas tanks with cherry-picked scriptures to advance the Health/Wealth gospel, but if there were truly the level of converted and convicted peoples that fill the seats, our culture would not be going down the toilet and Christianity itself would not be shoved into the closet as people of faith find themselves under assault by a secular culture.

Gone is the power Christianity once had to set and demand community standards, ethics, goals and defense of principles and ideas that are the bedrock of their faith and our liberty as a people. We have lost wisdom and common sense. American Christianity no longer evangelizes, it locks itself up into separate clubs, divorces itself from the world and parades around with slogans among the faithful while the culture is going off of a cliff into ruin and debauchery. Somehow Christianity has all but forgotten the command in Matthew 28:19 – to go forth to all nations. Today, many Christians are content to warm a seat once a week, hear and forget The Word, and equate Christianity with “What can Jesus do for me?”

A new kind of religious secularism is emerging in the vacuum of principles Christianity has abandoned. A new faith of tolerance for all things, the equality of all things, the debasement of what we were and what we were built upon is now the new doctrines of Christian Socialism.

This kind of Christianity wears the mask of love and tolerance for everything, but is become nothing but a political tool of the Secular Left, where hatred of Conservative, Bible-based faith is growing, and especially the eschewing and targeting of Israel as the target of scorn and lathing. This is become a major doctrine being adopted and preached in the newfound ‘Christian Progressive’ movement. Sin and Satan are not evil, the Religious Right and Israel are.

Joseph Farah brings out this level of hypocrisy in his latest essay.

Phony, ignorant Christians

Paul warned us about times like this and the way people – including those claiming to be professing Christians – would act.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,” he writes in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

And a chapter later (2 Timothy 4:3-4) adds: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

I strongly believe Paul had in mind the kind of people who run major Protestant denominations like the United Methodist Church.

Today, at an event in Fort Worth, Texas, leaders of the denomination, which boasts membership by President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consider divesting from all companies that do business with Israel.

To say that even considering such an action is hateful, unbiblical, anti-Christian and evil would be an understatement.

It’s not even understandable except in the context of the kind of morally blind apostasy described by Paul.

Nevertheless, because so many people in our world do not know better and could easily be fooled by such discussions, let me explain in simple terms where the Methodists, and the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ before them, are going wrong.

By calling for divestment from one nation in the world, the Methodists are suggesting in the strongest terms possible that Israel is the worst of the world’s nations with regard to human rights.

As far as I know, the Methodists have no similar divestment plans for Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, China or any other of dozens of tyrannical hellholes I could name. Israel is their only target.

That in itself is unbelievable. It shows how perverse this action really is. You have to believe up is down, left is right, black is white and right is wrong to accept such a bizarre concept.

The problem with these people is not that they don’t understand the Middle East. It is simply that they are no longer able to tell right from wrong. They are no longer able to distinguish between good and evil. They are no longer able to see the difference between freedom and tyranny. They are no longer able to judge between criminal and victim.

They have, in short, completely lost their moral bearings.

This is no longer a church; it is an organization of misguided political activism. This is no longer a house of God; it is a mad house. This is no longer part of the bride of Christ; it is a whore to the world.

I know these are tough words, for which I am sure to be criticized by some of my Christian friends.

Let me say this. We have many problems in this country that need to be addressed first and foremost by the church. So often, I hear church leaders say that their commitment is exclusively to spreading the Gospel, not in making moral pronouncements, not in teaching right from wrong, not in applying the lessons of Scripture to the direction of our nation and world.

Too often the church allows itself to be intimidated by the world, subjugated by tax laws, seduced by government, cowed by the doctrine of feel-good liberalism.

That’s what has happened to the Methodists and the Presbyterian Church USA and some other major denominations.

I would urge anyone still associated with the Methodists to divest yourself and your family from this institution. Divest it of your tithes and offerings. Divest it from your last will and testament. Divest it from your time and volunteer work. Divest your children from its Sunday school classes.

For those pastors leading Methodist churches who understand where your denomination is heading, it’s time to pack up and divest yourself of links to the denomination.

The biblical principle at stake is the one about avoiding relationships in which we are unequally yoked. As Paul would say, avoid such people and institutions that have turned their backs on God, on the Bible, on what is right, on what is moral.

It’s separation time.

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19 responses to “Another Example of Plastic, Phony and Ignorant Christianity

  1. mulloverthis

    Do you have references or more detailed info as to why the denominations spoken of are taking this action against any corps that do biz with Israel? Although no true Christian can deny the fact that corporately, American Christians are more content with standing for everything and against nothing, I do not believe that the church is not evangelizing as we should. There is more evangelism than ever, and that is most of what I have witnessed in the Body of Christ. The complacency and apathy too many Christians have in taking a stand for the righteousness of God in the earth is as Paul and you have so forthrightly stated, foreseen and a result of deception and apostasy. Thanks for the wake-up call and hope you can post references for this action taken against Israel.

  2. invar

    There is more evangelism than ever, and that is most of what I have witnessed in the Body of Christ.

    Then you are in a blessed circle of experience.

    But if we are to judge the fruits – then I’m sorry – the Culture and the state of our nation condemns the Christian church as a whole.

    We are going the way of a secular-Socialist Europe, where Christendom is roundly reviled and of no influence – and other belief systems such as Islam are taking root, and taking over.

    Joseph Farah has not provided links to his sources, though I have heard those ideas discussed among those of the depicted denominations.

  3. mulloverthis

    Thanks, for the info, I’ll research further. When has the “culture and state of our nation” ever reflected that this nation adhered to the tenets of Christianity? If the culture and state of our nation is the fruit by which we must assess the success of the church, we have NEVER been successful. Our influence is no longer a prevailing influence as opposed to other faiths/belief systems/religions–true. That is because of a multiplicity of factors, such as you have duly stated the watered down message of the “featured” churches, but moreso (at least in my experience and opinion), because of the increased wickedness and outspurts of false gods/teachings, lawlessness, and really the turn of the world as we have been warned of in scriptures. This is the time for the TRUE church to stand and not waver in our convictions/commitments. For some reason, I was never convinced according to scripture that in these times, we would not be exactly where we are, just like in the days of Noah. So this is not a comfortable place at all, but the true church is thriving and must keep moving amidst the “darkness” to evangelize, teach truth, and mobilize a Kingdom people to NEVER compromise. Part of our ability to forge ahead in this present world is to realize that we must not just worship and fellowship on a familial level, but to be empowered to persuade, pressure and direct our government regarding the very issues that too many Americans are indifferent too, but further separate us from God because of SIN. This stance is what alienates many from Christianity, because let’s face it–people want some sort of relationship with a power other than themselves, but tend to want to choose to believe in the ones that reconcile with their own lives and existent beliefs.
    Thanks for this blog and discussion. May you continue to be inspired.

  4. invar

    When has the “culture and state of our nation” ever reflected that this nation adhered to the tenets of Christianity?

    https://swordattheready.wordpress.com/recapturing-our-heritage-gods-role-in-america/

    If the culture and state of our nation is the fruit by which we must assess the success of the church, we have NEVER been successful.

    If that were true, we NEVER would have been blessed to the levels of power and prosperity we have enjoyed as a nation.

    Our influence is no longer a prevailing influence as opposed to other faiths/belief systems/religions

    When multiculturalism poisons our minds to believe everything is equal, that false gods and false faith is on an equal par with God and Christ; and that tolerance and acceptance is the highest calling of what it means to be ‘moral’ – then it is easy to understand why both the church and our nation are in decline and viciousness like Jihadist Islam is dominating the world.

    We do not believe our values are worth preserving or fighting for.

    Is that pre-ordained?

    Perhaps only in the context that God undestands human hearts better than us. God and our Founders laid the choice in our hands as to whether we would be obedient and blessed, or disobedient and cursed.

    America is choosing the latter, not the least due to an apathetic and corrupted church, indifferent to sin and vice outside of their own halls.

  5. LOL

    The term “religious proselytizing” is being used to prejudice the public against Christian evangelism. It conjures up images of Moonies in airports or religious fanatics ranting on street corners. The very sound of the term (similar to “parasitizing”) is threatening. Most people don’t know what the word means, but of one thing they are sure: they are against it.
    Where has the phrase come from?

    It is used most frequently in Israel, becoming common with the passage on December 25, 1977, of Israel’s infamous “anti-missionary” law.1 This is a statute that decrees a prison term of up to five years for any gentile attempting to proselytize a Jew away from his faith.2 Proponents say this is vital to the survival of Israel because so many young Jews are being seduced away from the fold, largely by Christianity. The severity of the sentence, they argue, is warranted because such theft of Jewish souls can lead to genocide, or the extinction of a race.

    Considering such a mindset against Christianity, we may understand why Billy Graham and other Christian evangelists have never held a crusade in Israel. Graham has held many meetings throughout the Soviet bloc and Russia. Yet not in Israel. Despite the friendliness of the Israel tourist industry, the fact remains that all religious affairs of the state of Israel are controlled by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem, who enforces the strictly orthodox point of view. The result is that, although Israel proclaims itself the only real democracy in the Middle East, in matters of religious liberty it is more inflexibly anti-Christian than even hardened Communist countries.

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  7. Don in Boston

    I should take the word of Joseph Farrah – who makes his living bearing false witness – on what comprises “true” Christianity?

    No thanks.

  8. Johnzo

    “where hatred of Conservative, Bible-based faith is growing”
    You’re in abject denial of reality. Conservative bible based faith IS hatred. It’s not the hate of the slaves for their masters you need to worry about. It’s the staggeringly cruel, dishonest, and ignorant liars who think that God gave them a bible. He didn’t. He gave them brains and hearts. Your bible is nothing but a substitute for Christ who has left your hearts a LONG time ago. Your “Christianity” is nothing but the same legalism that put Jesus on the cross in the first place, and if He returned as before, you would simply attempt to do the same again.

    Nothing ever changes. “American Christianity” will go the same place that “Hapsburg Dynasty Christianity” went.

  9. invar

    Coming from an ideologue like yourself – it’s not surprising you equate Bible-Based Christianity with hate. But that’s the deal with you and the godless Marxists and hedonists in this society – you HATE GOD, and therefore you hate His People who have the Word of Truth.

    Of course you would call Bible-based faith as being cruel and dishonest. Of course you would say Christians who hold to scripture with being ignorant legalists who put Christ to death because of their faith.

    That’s exactly what Satan says.

    It’s instructive that you say the same thing, so we know with whom your faith and from whom your words come.

  10. Anonymous

    “American Christianity” and the Republican Party are for the most part, one and the same. The Church and Rome have become one!

  11. invar

    And the Secular Marxist Left and Jihadist Islam are for the most part, one and the same. Same goals. Same demonizations. The Left and the Islamic State are allied in the same cause: destroy the USA – and Christianity along with it!

  12. Jeffro

    The biggest problem with the “religious right” and the lemmings that put them on a pedestal is that they cannot see past the log in their own eye to pluck the splinter out of another’s eye. Hypocritical at best, while walking over dead bodies for their “blessings.” Turn a blind eye to a “chosen one’s” sin while claiming righteousness from which to judge everybody else. No better than the catholic church hiding it’s pedophile priests to continue molesting innocent children. And what happened to the separation of church and state? Heaven help us if hypocritical delusional religious lunatics continue to gain a foothold in our government. “God Bless America?” Yeah right… chances are… when most “American Christians” look in the mirror, they are looking at why many like myself have walked away from “The Church.”

  13. invar

    And what happened to the separation of church and state?

    You want to show me where in the Constitution that Satanic/Marxist lie is located?

    Don’t bother, because it ‘aint there bub. But you go on and keep spoutin’ the lie as if it’s fact. Go ahead, make Goebbels proud.

    Heaven help us if hypocritical delusional religious lunatics continue to gain a foothold in our government.

    Yeah, sure. But of course with you clowns, nevermind the hypocritical delusional Marxist-Secular-Left lunatics that currently RUN government, and have a boot on all our necks. Those you don’t see, but religious Christian Conservatives – yeah, those are the ones you shout that the world needs to be afraid of. You do your father’s bidding well.

    You know, you clowns that rail against Christian conservatives are coming close to crossing that line when we’re no longer laughing at you.

    “God Bless America?” Yeah right…

    Is that you Jeremiah Jr? Mr. “God damn Amerikkka”???? Sounds like it, or at least you dance to his tune.

    chances are… when most “American Christians” look in the mirror, they are looking at why many like myself have walked away from “The Church.”

    Thanks for admitting that you put your faith in men and not in God. But that’s what happens with shallow people who do not have any depth of understanding of His Word. So instead – you decided to become an adversary. Very typical BTW.

  14. Jeffro

    “You know, you clowns that rail against Christian conservatives are coming close to crossing that line when we’re no longer laughing at you.”

    So what your saying is rational, thinking, caring people should be afraid because of your veiled threat of a new “crusade” against the infidels?

    “Thanks for admitting that you put your faith in men and not in God. But that’s what happens with shallow people who do not have any depth of understanding of His Word.”

    “But you go on and keep spoutin’ the lie as if it’s fact. Go ahead, make Goebbels proud.”

    My father and mother both walked thru the horrors of Nazi Germany, my father spending years in a prison camp while losing his sister. I walked thru the “valley of the shadow of death” more times than I’d like to remember and have read the Bible in “rocky places” where the Holy Spirit was my only comfort. My wife was in foster care being molested and abused by her church attending foster parents, so shallow is not an accurate assessment on your part.

    As I commented before, you and those like you are the reason for the backlash against your brand of “christianity.” You and those like you sacrifice other’s while believing it is “God’s will.” No better than the terrorists
    you loath and I pray it is not God’s will for you and those like you to go on spouting your self righteous hatred while taking over our Democracy while fueling the death and destruction of others. Turn the other cheek, dude.

  15. Jeffro

    …and don’t forget to look in the mirror.

  16. invar

    So what your saying is rational, thinking, caring people should be afraid because of your veiled threat of a new “crusade” against the infidels?

    Your first reply on this entry demonstrated that you sir, are hardly rational, or thinking as my rebuttal to your reply clearly illustrated. That you can emote and say you care hardly impresses, given the fact that most of the tyranny we now suffer was at the hands of those who shouted that they “cared” – “For the children”, “For the planet”, “For the poor”, and the shackles of Socialism and Marxism are now our lot. See the people were glad to absolve themselves of the responsibility for charity that both liberty and Christianity demands, and instead made government a god to do it for them.

    I see that you are an advocate of such.

    My father and mother both walked thru the horrors of Nazi Germany

    So have my relatives. In fact one of them, still living – is frightened to death by what he currently sees in the regime now in power, and the excoriation of Christianity by the elites in society and those who insist that they are ‘more moral’. He would know. He saw that happen before. He was in the Hitler Youth as was mandatory for all children in the 30’s.

    And before you start – don’t try and tell me Hitler was Christian. He was not. He remade it into his own image, and put his own ‘bishops’ in charge of the Catholic and Lutheran churches in Germany.

    My wife was in foster care being molested and abused by her church attending foster parents, so shallow is not an accurate assessment on your part.

    This statement completely validates the charge I made against you.

    If you decide to judge Christianity based on what institutions of men have done, or what individuals in your life have done or not done, then it is as I have said of you; your faith was in men, and not His Word, and not in God.

    It explains why your hatred of Conservative Christians is so easily come by you.

    As I commented before, you and those like you are the reason for the backlash against your brand of “christianity.”

    No – you know nothing of my kind of Christianity except that which I have revealed on this blog. You assume and assert – yet know nothing of my faith or why I hold the positions I do. Much is based on my understanding of the Bible – in addition to history and the nature of men.

    You and those like you sacrifice other’s while believing it is “God’s will.”

    Yes, Christian Socialism espouses this same charge you make. It’s actually one of the Doctrines of Code Pink and the anti-war movement that you assert here. That was showcased in the blog entry itself. The mantra is that ‘Christians and Jihadists promote the same evil and claim God demands it”. Moral equivalency is a delicious tool Satan has had much success in convincing this people.

    Interesting to see how easily ensnared into that trap you have fallen.

    But for the record, I look at history, both ancient and recent to see God’s will in conjunction with the scriptures.

    No better than the terrorists you loath and I pray it is not God’s will for you and those like you to go on spouting your self righteous hatred while taking over our Democracy while fueling the death and destruction of others.

    Well now, full blown Christian Socialism (or should I call it Christian Marxism?) that you demonstrate. It is common knowledge that the radical Marxist-Left, and the Jihadists are allies. One of their tactics to steer discernment of terrorism and Islam together is to equate Biblical Christians with being equal to or worse than the ‘terrorists”. You’ve done this twice now in one reply.

    You also demonstrate that you have no allegiance to the First Amendment, actually praying and hoping that we no longer have the liberty to speak or publish. I’m sure people like yourself will do all you can to empower government to silence those of us ‘terrorist’ Christians you hate so much.

    And the Pièce de résistance you offer of your clueless ignorance of this country in classic Marxist Elitism; is when you assert Christians are taking over our Democracy – when fact showcases Christianity is being tossed out of our culture and – because you were probably pulik skool edumacated – assert we are a Democracy instead of a Republic.

    I think the latter more than illustrates who and what you are.

    Turn the other cheek, dude.

    Satan would love that we roll over and do so, and to your delight I’m sure – much of emoting churchianity has done so.

    I am not one of those kinds of Christians bub.

    There’s a reason this blog is called ‘sword-at-the-ready’.

    Because it is.

  17. Jeffro

    What we can agree on is that God is God and human beings are fallible. I never said that I walked away from God, I walked away from most of His followers who occupy a seat in His churches. Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of this country saw the danger in a “state religion.” It is happening as we speak in many countries relating to Islam and the perpetuation of such belief relating to Christianity is happening here. Christians are not victims here in America… and how long will it take for the self perceived “victim” to become the perpetrator…

    “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

    I will concentrate on The New Testament. Jesus lays out His call to action in The Beatitudes… and coming from God’s Son who lay down His life for us, the gripes of this world, liberal, conservative, marxist, socialist, and all the other inflammatory rhetoric has no place in Christianity. It is more at home in politics because labels are effective in dehumanizing another so you can slay them with your sword.

    The phrase “separation of church and state” (sometimes “wall of separation between church and state”), attributed to Thomas Jefferson and others, and since quoted by the Supreme Court of the United States, expresses an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”, while Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase “separation of church and state” in this context is generally traced to an 1 January 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptist Association, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams—who had written in 1644 of “[A] hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world”— Jefferson wrote, “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”.[1]
    Jefferson’s metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In its 1879 Reynolds v. United States decision, the court allowed that Jefferson’s comments “may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment.” In the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision, Justice Hugo Black wrote, “In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.” [2] However, the Court has not always interpreted the constitutional principle as meaning absolute separation of government from all things religious.[3][4][5][6]
    Public debates about the proper extent of church/state separation in the U.S. remain vigorous and impassioned. Politically active evangelical Christians such as David Barton, a former co-chair of the Texas Republican party, emphasize the religiosity of the nation’s founders and assert that “separation of church and state,” as widely understood by modern historians and jurists, is a “myth” and that the U.S. was founded as a religious, Christian nation.[7]

  18. invar

    What we can agree on is that God is God and human beings are fallible.

    That we can.

    I never said that I walked away from God, I walked away from most of His followers who occupy a seat in His churches. Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of this country saw the danger in a “state religion.”

    Fine. I don’t subscribe to some of the doctrines of mainstream Churchianity in America either. The Founders saw the danger and source of Europe’s problem in Popery. That in no-wise (based on the study of the Founder’s own diary writings) means they saw a need to separate Christianity from civics and cultural stewardship. It was the exact opposite. Liberty could only be maintained by a religious and moral people. Government had NO ROLE in either mandating religious establishment, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.

    Today we have the mandate of prohibiting free exercise for the express purpose of establishing a secular faith. The Founders would have nothing to do with that.

    It is happening as we speak in many countries relating to Islam and the perpetuation of such belief relating to Christianity is happening here.

    That is ABSURD to equate the two in this age. Islam is in itself a theocratic, cultural and civic belief system. Biblical Christianity is not, and never has been outside of the Holy Roman Empire.

    Christians are not victims here in America… and how long will it take for the self perceived “victim” to become the perpetrator…

    Ever been to a 3rd world country and witness institutionalized persecution of Christians? I didn’t think so. Well I have. The Institutionalized persecuted have no chance or ability to become a ‘perpetrator’. Your statement is absurd. Christianity is declining in the West, and at a rapid rate in the USA. The vacuum is being filled by the radical Left and militant Islam, allies with the same cause united against a common enemy.

    I will concentrate on The New Testament.

    Of course you do. That is what Red Letter Socialist Christians do. They take Christ’s words out of context within the context of the rest of the scriptures. It’s the only way they can get away with perverting Jesus into a Socialist.

    Jesus lays out His call to action in The Beatitudes… and coming from God’s Son who lay down His life for us, the gripes of this world, liberal, conservative, marxist, socialist, and all the other inflammatory rhetoric has no place in Christianity.

    Jesus called the Pharisees, Saducees, the Scribes and Satan exactly what they were. He did not play nice with apostasy.

    If one espouses Marxist and Socialist dogma, then I will call them out on those Satanic philosophies and call them what they are. Same with sin.

    And you need to recall that Jesus did not limit his commands to the Beatitudes. Those are used as proof texts that Jesus was a Socialist – and Jesus nowhere commanded men to empower government to do those things. What is interesting from the Christian Socialist who claim the New Testament red letter words of Christ as their only source of biblical validity, that Matthew 28:19-20 do not apply – because to do so would offend other religions.

    It is more at home in politics because labels are effective in dehumanizing another so you can slay them with your sword.

    Project much? You accused and demonized the whole of Conservative Christianity of waging genocide to receive the claim of ‘blessing’.

    It’s also an effective tool for Satan to accuse the same charge of ‘demonizing’ those who promote sin to be slain by ‘judgment’ and ‘intolerance’. I don’t play that game. I call things what they are – and if you don’t like the label, you might want to go back and figure out what ideology your statements are coming from.

    The phrase “separation of church and state” (sometimes “wall of separation between church and state”), attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    It’s not in the Constitution. A private letter written in 1802 is not Constitutional Law ratified and accepted by the states, and neither does the bastardization of the language and purpose of the letter to be applied for the purpose of invalidating the 1st Amendment and prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    and since quoted by the Supreme Court of the United States, expresses an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    So if the SCOTUS quoted a verse from “The Age of Reason” or “Mein Kampf” or “Scottish Law” to express an understanding of the intent and function of the Constitution that redefines what was previously practiced and understood for two centuries – you say that’s Constitutional?? If so – you justify my hostility towards your ideology being spewed on my blog.

    Just because Activist judges allowed a perversion and application of a private letter, not even from the Federalist Papers to establish Constitutional intent is the height of tyranny, and something Jefferson himself warned about coming from SCOTUS.

    Also – Jefferson did not write or contribute to any part of the Constitution’s creation. Did you know that? He was in France at the time. So how do you, and how did Hugo Black on his own authority decide that Jefferson’s private letter to the Danbury baptists was the epitome of understanding the intent and function of something he was not a party to?

    while Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    What that means in practice today, thanks to people who think like you do, is that “No religious belief is permitted to be Expressed while in any Office of Public Trust under the United States, due to the Separation of Religion from Public View and Practice”.

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