The current line of some is that separation of church and state means government in all its aspects must be free of any taint of religion.
Like a lot of current ideas, it is an abominable lie completely contrary to the irrefutable historical record. No one knows more about what the Constitution means and doesn't mean than the men who wrote it.What the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom was intended to prevent is quite clear - the adoption by the government of an official religion. There was to be no official Church of America as there is, even to this day, an official Church of England.
But religion is another matter. The men who wrote that First Amendment also opened the proceedings of Congress with prayers and frequently invoked religion and God in their discussions.
One bit of proof is the first Thanksgiving proclamation issued by George Washington on Oct. 3, 1789.
"Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God."
And so forth. Now does that proclamation, written at the direction of a Congress that included some of the men who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and issued by the man who presided over the convention which wrote the Constitution, sound as if they intended that a high school football coach couldn't say a prayer before a football game?
Come on now, does it? Yet some politically appointed lawyers who wear black robes have said the Constitution forbids saying a prayer at a public football game or hanging a copy of the Ten Commandments on a school wall or putting up a Christmas or a Hanukkah decoration in a public park.
What a load of lawyer-created, politically inspired fertilizer!
Can the government adopt Christianity as an official religion (or any other)? No. Can it force people, including students, to participate in religious activities? Of course not.
But neutrality toward any particular religion does not require hostility toward all religions or toward religion in general.
We know explicitly and without argument from the writings of the leaders of the American Revolution that freedom of religion was intended to encourage religious activities, not discourage them.
When Tom Jefferson wrote a group of Baptists that there was a wall of separation between church and state, he meant just that - that the state could not sponsor any particular church. Nothing more than that. Jefferson himself obtained public funding for priests to minister to Indians.
The Constitution does not belong to lawyers and to judges - all of whom, never forget, are lawyers and most often lawyers who were heavily involved in partisan politics.
The Constitution is our contract by which we the people, who have all the rights which are a gift of God not a favor granted by men, specifically delegate a few powers to government for the purpose, primarily, of protecting our rights.
We, the people, not the government, are sovereign. We created the government and we can dismantle it.We, the people, created the Constitution, and we can change it or scrap it and write a new one.
But the government, including the Supreme Court, cannot do any of those things. The entire government is a mere creature of the Constitution, and obviously a creature cannot rule its creator. There is not one office, not one law, not one treaty, not one rule in this land that is not subordinate to the Constitution.
And the Constitution says what it says - not what some bandy-legged politician in a black robe decides it says. In America, the people are free - not the government.