When I saw this story in the news – Air Force Base Removes Nativity Display After Group Claims It’s a ‘Direct Violation of the U.S. Constitution’ – I was reminded of something Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, said about the danger posed by our courts:
“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.”
There is nothing – nothing – in the Constitution of the United States that prohibits religion being recognized, practiced, condoned or even promoted (in general terms) by the Federal government. You can search the document all you want and you will not find the words anywhere in the text. In order to come up with the supposed “wall of separation,” you have to invent things that are not there – and even then, you have to turn them on their head. In this case, the phrase “wall of separation” comes from a letter Jefferson wrote to a church that means the exact opposite of what the anti-Christians claim it means. Jefferson was not telling the church that the federal government was intended to be secular; he was telling the church that the federal government had no authority regarding matters of religion – period!