The following letter was sent to the Washington Times Newspaper in response to a letter claiming that removing the Ten Commandments and the Holy Bible from court-rooms is valid and “American”. This point of view is so contrary to the founders’ views that if anyone (King George or any other nation) forced this wickedness upon them, the founders would have fought against it. The Separation of Church and state doctrine, as defined by current law, is not in the Constitution nor in any other founding document that defines the United States.
The Letter (revised January 5, 2008)
Before Mr. Patton is allowed by his nurse to write another letter-to-the-editor ("one nation under God"-Thursday) he should be required by law to take at least one history course and perhaps an ethics course on the importance of telling the truth.
Mr. Patton claims that this is not a Christian nation. Is that right? The founders who built this great nation would disagree. One hundred fifty-five of the one hundred fifty-seven men who were considered America's founders were devout Christians!
John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the US, made this statement which was representative of all of the founders’ reflections on this question, "The inception of this country connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government and the principles of Christianity."
The first and perhaps greatest President of the US, George Washington, after he was inaugurated, kissed the Holy Bible and then took the entire Congress to a Church service where he and they gave thanks to the LORD.
As president, Mr. Washington said to the chiefs of the Delaware Indian tribe, "You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life, and above all, the religion of JESUS CHRIST." Is this "the wall of Separation of Church and State" that Mr. Patton claims our founders had "good reasons for building"? Certainly not. George Washington acted in obedience to both his Christian faith and the US Constitution which were in total harmony.
Since the Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise of religion", George Washington further added to the Indian tribe, "Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention." Does this sound like 'separation of church and state'? This is an example of the 'unity of church and state' as our founders constructed it, for the good of mankind and to the Glory of GOD.
Mr. Patton writes, "President Jefferson described a wall of separation between church and state". What Mr. Patton does not mention is that as president, Thomas Jefferson authorized the government to provide money to evangelize Indian tribes with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. In addition, as president, Jefferson was also head of the Department of Education for the Washington DC public school system. President Jefferson ordered the government to provide monies to publish and distribute Holy Bibles and hymn books to the public school children of Washington DC to further the students’ education.
Thomas Jefferson, the man who coined the phrase ‘separation of Church and state’, it seems, did not abide by his very own ‘separation of Church and state’ doctrine. The reason he did not is because there was no such thing!
As a matter of fact, no one in government, education or public life did, until a 1947 Supreme Court decision, corrupted by the influence of the ACLU and without one historical or legal precedent, established the current separation of Church and state doctrine. The five Supreme Court justices - who voted for the ACLU and against America - used a private letter written in 1803 by Thomas Jefferson as the primary “evidence” for establishing the current “doctrine”. Even Jefferson’s letter is not fully known, for if it were taught, then separation of church and state would be known for what it is, a fraud. President Jefferson wrote, "The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation of church and state. The wall is one-directional. It keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will never be separated from the government."
The founders’ intent was that the government should not establish “or run” the Church but Christian principles should always be embraced by the government and the people. Biblical morality was not to be separated or outlawed by the government but united with it. The Church was designed by the founders of America to be the nation’s conscience and foundation, as Judge Roy Moore honorably defended in the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003. Judge Moore stated, "We have a federal judge (Myron Thompson) saying we can't recognize who GOD is, yet that's the basis of our justice system. They have the audacity to come into our court and say we have to remove the foundation of our law, which is the Ten Commandments."
In his letter, Mr. Patton worries that the Ten Commandments might offend some poor, sensitive strays and make them feel like "second-class citizens".
Why would anyone, but an unrepentant sinner, be offended by the Word of GOD? Should not the Ten Commandments be followed? Does Mr. Patton and the ACLU really prefer people to be idolaters, profaners, adulterers, thieves, liars, dishonoring to their parents, sabbath breakers, and murderers? Apparently they do! Any sane person, however, would want their loved ones and neighbors to learn and reverence the Ten Commandments.
Mr. Patton further writes, "GOD is not mentioned anywhere in our Constitution". The US Constitution was written to restrain the federal government from interfering with the liberties of the people. That was its purpose. Nevertheless, the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights pertains to each individual citizen's relationship with GOD. That right was placed first. The chief architect of the US Constitution and the fourth President of the United States, James Madison stated, "We staked the whole future of American Civilization, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of GOD."
Our founders clearly understood that rights come from GOD as is clearly stated in many of the other founding documents including the Declaration of Independence. We the people were afforded inalienable rights such as life, liberty and property. These rights, therefore, could not, from a Biblical perspective, be taken away because they come from GOD. If they were not protected as GOD-Given rights, (which is what they truly are), then these same rights would be given and taken away at the whim and caprice of governmental decree.
In Communist nations or newly formed “continental unions” where there is no regard for GOD, the rights of the people are constantly in jeopardy. In these governments, those in power are in rebellion against the Word of GOD. The actions of these governments toward those who are subject to them will, therefore, most assuredly be deleterious. In these anti-Christian cultures, the rights of the people to life, liberty and property are (or soon will be) exchanged for murder, bondage and theft!
This principle is affirmed in history as seen in the former Soviet Union, eighteenth-century France, Communist China, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Cambodia, etc. This principle is affirmed in the Biblical record, as well, where when Israel during the reign of an obedient king, would obey GOD they would be blessed and inversely, when Israel during the reign of a disobedient king, would rebel against Him they would be cursed. This principle is a law of GOD. The Holy Scriptures state, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
All patriotic Americans who love GOD preminently and in turn love their neighbors as themselves, should agree wholeheartedly with Judge Roy Moore's stand.
We would only add that our hope is that one day soon Federal Judge Myron Thompson, along with Supreme Court Justices David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Steven Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Mr. Patton's heroes) are themselves removed from the rotunda of their court-houses – as the Ten Commandments monument was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 - by movers from Georgia.