Yesterday I posted my opinion on separation of church and state in the United States. My opinion was that there is no such thing. The Constitution does not use that phrase and the framers of the Constitution did not intend that their document be used to eliminate religious icons from public lands. The entire notion was invented by left-leaning judges in the late 20th century, who started a campaign to destroy priceless war memorials and other historic objects throughout the country.
That said, I don’t think anyone else really believes in separation of church and state either. The people who claim to believe in it are highly selective in their demands. On the one hand, they say that the law requires the destruction of statues of Jesus and the removal of written prayers from school walls. On the other hand, they simply ignore much larger cases of religious influence on government aesthetics. Why? I think the answer is obvious. If we really wanted to enforce “separation of church and state”, we would have to eliminate all of the following:
- A state named after the Virgin Mary. That would have to go.
- Cities named after The Body of Christ, Angels, the Sacraments, the Apostles, the Church Fathers, founders of religious orders, theological concepts, and so forth.
- Thousands of streets, parks, and neighborhoods throughout the United States have religious names.
- We have a National Park named Zion National Park. Clearly we’ll have to rename it to something non-religious such as “Nietzsche National Park”.
- To make matters worse, within Zion there’s a natural formation called “The Great White Throne”, which is obviously a Bible reference. I assume this will be dynamited to ensure proper separation of church and state.
- In some parts of the mountain West, practically everything is named after the Mormons. Mormon River, Mormon Mountain, etc…
- We will have to sever ties with El Salvador and the Dominican Republic until they choose less discriminatory names.
- We recently erected a monument to a Baptist Preacher on the Mall in Washington. That will have to be taken down.
- No far from the MLK monument is a monument to Thomas Jefferson. That may not seem like a problem, since many people believe that Jefferson was indifferent to or even hostile to religion. But just consider what horrible things he wrote in the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom: “Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free; That all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and therefore are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, …” Obviously we can’t have a government-funded monument to man who wrote things like that.
- And lastly, since the horrible Mr. Jefferson also referred to a “creator” when writing the Declaration of Independence, that document will have to be burned. Its effects will be immediately annulled, and the United States will revert to being British colonies.