O’Donnell camp offers $1000 bounty for anyone that can prove “Separation of Church and State” is in Constitution
In an attempt to hide the fact his candidate knows almost nothing of the founding document of her country, Jonathan Moseley, campaign manager to “witch-in-denial” Christine O’Donnell is offering a whooping 1000 bones to anyone who can prove the phrase “Separation of Church and State” is in the Constitution. It’s actually a pretty weak offer, since he’s technically correct in stating the specific phrase is in fact not in the document.
The phrase actually comes from one of the authors of the Constitution, a certain Thomas Jefferson. You might remember him as the guy who was expunged from Texas schoolbooks for not being Christ-friendly enough (I dub this the “Thomas Paine” treatment). The actual phrase originates from a letter Jefferson wrote to a group of Baptists nervous about government encroaching on their religious rights:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, 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.
If folks like O’Donnell and Mosely actually bothered to think about the intended purpose of this separation, they might not be as opposed to it. If the wall came down and the government officially recognized Islam as the official religion, how would Christians react? It seems as though these morons have forgotten the biggest supporters of this separation were religionists themselves who wanted the free exercise of their religion without any government interference.