Unequal Separation

Separation of Church and State

Children are taught religion every single day at school. Granted, it is not a Judeo-Christian religion that is teaching them a biblical worldview, or even a religion that acknowledges the one True Living God. Nevertheless, they are still being indoctrinated as they sit at their desks. The religion being taught in classrooms today is humanism and atheism. While atheists would cringe at the very suggestion of their belief system being labeled a religion, the fact remains. True, they do not perform sacred acts or worship with songs and prayer, but they do embrace a worldview and place their allegiance in a belief system that is ultimately founded by faith. Ultimately they have their own idols, sacraments, passions, and creed book.

In fact, in 2005 a federal court in Wisconsin ruled that atheism is a form of religion. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals observed: “Atheism is [the inmate’s] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being.” In her latest book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, Ann Coulter proclaimed: “Liberals love to boast that they are not ‘religious’, which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion. It has its own cosmology, its own miracles, its own beliefs in the supernatural, its own churches, its own high priests, its own saints, its own total worldview, and its own explanation of the existence of the Universe. In other words, liberalism contains all the attributes of what is generally known as ‘religion.’”

Secular humanist John Dunphy revealed volumes on this “religious” aspect when he stated: “I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith….There teachers must embody the same selfless dedication of the most rabid fundamentalist preacher, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of educational level—preschool, daycare, or large state university.”

Yes, children are taught religion every single day at school. But tragically, the religion they are being asked to embrace is a godless religion—a religion in which men assume the role of deity, and self-preservation and pleasure are the ultimate goals. The reality is your children and grandchildren have been caught in one of the largest and most vile loopholes ever created. The loophole of “separation of church and state.” Christianity has been banned from the classroom—yet one religion remains steadfast: atheism.

Never has there been a perversion from the original intent like there is with the concept of “ separation of church and state. ” Every month we read about court cases filed by civil libertarians who have taken it upon themselves to eradicate any religious presence from public viewing. Crosses, nativity scenes and the Ten Commandments are quickly becoming relics of yesteryear as atheists forcefully silence God all across this country. Beginning with the 1948 decision in McCollum v. Board of Education (333 U.S. 203), Christianity has been under attack in the public school system. Within the past decade the judicial system has ruled that prayers at public school graduations and student-led prayers at football games violate the establishment clause. Yet, is this really what separation of church and state are all about?

On January 1, 1802 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in which he used the phrase “thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” Jefferson was reassuring this Baptist denomination that the government would not interfere with the free exercise of their religion. Yet, civil libertarians have perverted this phrase to be mean: keep references to God, Christ, and the Bible out of public life. They file lawsuits to remove crosses or biblical references from public display. The phrase “separation of church and state” is commonly used like a crutch by atheists desiring to expunge God from society, and yet it is not even found in the Constitution of the United States!

So consider what happens when an academic setting is created that does not allow any reference to Christianity, the Bible, or Jehovah God because we must separate “church and state”—and yet, this same school system actively teaches the religion of atheism. To put it bluntly, atheism has a free pass, with no competitors or conflicting viewpoints. It is the state-sanctioned and state-protected religion. If liberals are going to argue for the continued separation of church and state, then isn’t it time we eradicate the godless religion of atheism as well? Because as the system stands, the only “religious” course offered is the godless system of atheism—and it’s a religion that is currently being taught every single day.

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