What is going on in America is becoming more and more clear to me, and I am feeling it quite heavily at my school. What is it that I speak of, you ask? The removal of Christ from our schools, government, and everything else. But, Jay, doesn’t the Bill of Rights declare separation of church and state? Isn’t the Constitution written to make sure that no religion is endorsed? No and yes. Follow me, and realize what I have realized. Stop now if you don’t want to find some major facts out about our nation and it’s faith-based foundation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”

We all know this line. But what does it mean? Self-evident means that the truth coming after is absolute, and validates itself. It is not in question. Pretty big statement for men to make.

“[T]hat all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (emphasis added)

Did you catch that? It was pretty big. This is, of course, from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. Did the Declaration make these rights and freedoms for the men under it? No, it simply insures that these “certain unalienable Rights” that are “endowed by [our] Creator” are preserved under this new government.

There is a quote on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial that reads, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” This is actually paraphrased from the original quote, which reads:

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are the gift of God?” (Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1794)

We are getting dangerously close to that question in today’s America. People think that they have the freedom from religion (I’ve heard it time and time again, including in a few comments here), and that this is their right under the constitution of this nation. Is that true? I’ve heard it cited time and time again that the First Amendment declares separation of church and state. Does it? Let’s look:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[...]”

This means that the government cannot establishing religion (the “Establishment Clause”) or prohibit free exercise (the “Free Exercise Clause”). Where does it say separation? It doesn’t, but it implies a separation of state and church. The difference is that the state cannot influence the church, prohibit the freedoms of the church, etc. Now I am not saying that the church can, therefore, influence the state, however, the state was founded under God.

The men that created the government, and these documents, founded our very nation under the God of the Bible, and under that ensured that each person under the government had the freedoms that God gave us. Now if that meant that Muslims would practice their faith here in America, fine. The founding fathers had no quarrel with that, so long as Christians had equal freedom.

What is happening today? The idea of a “moment of silence” has been basically banished from our school system and our businesses because of it’s religious nature, some states have tried to remove the name of God from the Pledge of Allegiance, people are hardly allowed to pray in schools today (especially the teachers), and these rights that were for everyone are starting to be removed from some. You see, we (people of faith) are not allowed to have a “moment of silence”, yet the homosexual community is allowed to have a whole “Day of Silence” in the name of their humanistic “religion”, and we cannot contest that. Evolution is allowed to be taught as absolute fact in the schools today, but Creation science and Intelligent Design (which I do not back) is not allowed to be mentioned in the curriculum. We are being told to shut up, and allow a state endorsed religion of humanism and atheism to be told.

When Jefferson pondered the security of our liberties when the Authority of God is removed, I believe he was right. Without the firm foundation of the Authority and Absolute Truth of the Most High, we are left in a relative pit of something other than truth and morality. Today, in a nation “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” Christianity is quickly becoming outlawed with the same laws that were put into place to protect us and the people using it against us. I will not be silent, will you?