Is Separation of Church and State a Myth?
By Marc Alan Urbach
Yes, says freshman Utah Senator Mike Lee. Lee, who spoke at the Young America’s Foundation where he presented the truth about the misinterpretation of the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state,” and correctly explained how President FDR appointed Ku Klux Klan member Hugo Black to the Supreme Court. Lee believes that Hugo Black did not understand Thomas Jefferson’s letter and that Black completely removed religious freedom from the public schools.
This huge snowball removing religious liberty started in 1947 with the case Everson v. Board of Education. Black said, “The First Amendment has created a wall of separation between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” It was here that Black completely misinterpreted the meaning of Jefferson’s letter.
Lee says, “When the First Amendment was ratified by the states in 1791, and for nearly 150 years thereafter, there was no question whether public schools could or should allow prayer. In fact, it was not until the middle of the twentieth century that anyone doubted that the public affirmation of religion, including in public institutions like schools, was not only constitutionally permissible, but essential to a healthy, virtuous society.”
Author, Constitutionalist and historian Marc Alan Urbach says Lee is absolutely correct. Urbach explains in great detail in his recent book, BELIEVE, how “Hugo Black sat on the Court for 34 years and removed religious freedoms from the schools.” Urbach researched this information for two years and is an expert on the issue.
Urbach presents in great detail the seven Supreme Court cases that removed religious freedoms from the schools. Urbach completely agrees with Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story who said, “Thus the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice and the state constitutions.”
“I can talk about all of this for 90 minutes without notes and prove Hugo Black was completely wrong,” Urbach says. “I’ve used his own words from the Everson decision to prove Black did not have a clue about the meaning of Jefferson’s letter.”
Urbach also agrees with former Chief Justice William Rehnquist who correctly said, “There is no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a “wall of separation between church and state” that was constituted in Everson….But the greatest injury of the “wall” notion is its mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intentions of the drafters of the Bill of Rights. The “wall of separation between Church and State” is a metaphor based on bad history—a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned…Our perception has not been clouded by the Constitution, but the mists of an unnecessary metaphor.”
Urbach has these quotes and many more in his book to prove that the Founding Fathers always wanted religious freedom in the public schools. “For about 160 years it was legal and constitutionally protected to teach the Bible in schools, a teacher to lead students in prayer, Invocations and Benedictions, prayer at athletic events and teaching the Ten Commandments in any grade level at any time.”
Urbach welcomes a debate with the best Constitutional scholar in America. He has proven he is more than up to the task as he has defeated an atheist lawyer from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “I would love to debate another one of their lawyers.” “Thank God I did not go to law school and get brainwashed by illiterate and misinformed law professors. I have spent over two years researching this information and would love the opportunity to reveal the truth.” “Our righteous Christian Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves knowing that the most important freedom in the Bill of Rights has been completely misused.”
You can read the full text of Senator Mike Lee’s speech to the Young America’s Foundation here at, http://www.yaf.org/sen-mike-lee-tackles-progressive-cliches.aspx