Thursday, April 14, 2011

Separation of Church and State

Although “separation of church and state” doesn’t appear in the Constitution, to those who desire to strip everything that has to do with religion from our government, I hear you. But you don’t go far enough.
With tongue in cheek, this is what I propose:
• No person who graduated from any of the following colleges or universities should be allowed to serve in a government position, especially the President or a member of Congress, because these schools were established by religious denominations: Harvard, Yale. Vanderbilt, Baylor. Boston University, Fordham, Cornell, Rutgers and others. Some had seminaries and were established to train preachers.
• If a person knows how to read, he shouldn’t be allowed to work for a government agency because religion was the reason people learned to read. Since the Middle Ages, there has been near universal literacy among Jews because men were required to read the Torah by age 13. The Protestant Reformation played a part in the invention of the printing press because everyone wanted access to the scriptures. In America, parents taught their children to read so they could learn the Bible, and the public school system grew out of a nation’s desire that each generation become familiar with scripture.
• No person who works for a tax-supported agency should be treated in a hospital established by a Jewish or Christian denomination.
• No public or government agency or employees should accept charity from a religious organization.
In addition, the person or organization that coined the phrase or used the phrase, “separation of church and state” should be barred from participating in anything that has to do with law because obviously whoever did it has a background in Christianity. Otherwise, the phrase would say, “separation of religion and state.”
Of course, all of the above would be impossible to achieve. Deleting Christianity from our history is just as impossible. You’d need to destroy most of our historical documents, many landmarks, and even the U.S. Supreme Court. After all, “What hath God wrought?” was the first telegraph message sent, and it originated there.
Our nation should use the sense God gave us and look at the wonderful things Christianity brings to us. Take out the church and what will remain in our state? Not much.