The words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the Constitution of the United States of America. Those five words are used words by liberals, anti-Christians, agnostics and atheists appear in a letter by Thomas Jefferson which he wrote to the Danbury Baptists. It’s really quite simple, except for those I just mentioned, lest I forget, the ungodly Freedom From Religion Foundation and of course, the hypocritical “Americans United for Separation of Church & State and the Communist founded ACLU.
The phrase comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists (Connecticut) in response to their letter to him expressing their fears that the state (Federal Government) was beginning to have an interest in a so-called state church.
In other words, the Danbury Baptists were seeking assurances that the Government would not impose [a government sponsored] religion on them. They were seeking protection from the state. However those that I mentioned in the paragraph above will almost always portray this as the state needing protection from the church. How ludicrous!
The fact that there are those who believe that the phrase “Separation of Church and State” comes from the U.S. Constitution boggles my mind. It is sad that there are people who truly believe that this phrase actually appears in the U.S. Constitution. The correct phrase that they refer to is “building a wall of separation between Church & State” from Jefferson’s letter.
When did Jefferson respond to the Danbury Baptists? He responded on Jan.1, 1802. That was 26 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his letter (below), he quotes the First Amendment which prohibits Congress making laws regarding religion, yet our Supreme Court has Carte Blanche on manipulating, adding to and taking away from this Amendment.
Here’s the letter in full:
To messers: Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
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. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
It is laughable to think that there are people who believe that the State needed, or needs protection (wall of separation) from the church. The real reason for the letter was that the church needed that wall of protection from the State. Simply put, the Danbury Baptists were seeking the help of Thomas Jefferson in securing protection from the government, not the other way around.
It’s obvious in today’s political environment why it was so important and fortunate for today’s Christians that Thomas Jefferson respond to the Danbury Baptists with the verbiage he did. What is unfortunate is the fact that all of the above mentioned anti-religious groups twist it and make it into something that it is not. Wake up America! Wake up Christians!