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Religion should be part of public life

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Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:17 pm | Updated: 3:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Carol McGinnis: A travesty of justice has gained great and wide acceptance in our nation and has turned our country away from the original intent of our Founding Fathers. The phrase "separation of church and state" is not, and never has been, in our Constitution.

A travesty of justice has gained great and wide acceptance in our nation and has turned our country away from the original intent of our Founding Fathers. The phrase "separation of church and state" is not, and never has been, in our Constitution.

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That phrase was lifted out of a personal letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Baptist minister to allay his fears that America would be like England and support one government-run church (religion). In those days, the words church and religion were interchangeable. Jefferson's meaning was that the church would be separated from state interference. This is and was the actual meaning of our Constitution until eight activist Supreme Court justices ruled otherwise.

An honest review of history will show that our founders strongly believed that prayer and Bible study were a vital part of this nation's well-being and future prosperity. They left us overwhelming evidence of their deep-seated beliefs in God and the Bible in our founding documents, writings, monuments, artworks and personal letters, so that we are without excuse in knowing and understanding their specific intentions.

We are not a secular nation, as some would have us believe, but a nation with a strong Christian heritage that is systematically being erased and rewritten to satisfy those who want no faith but their own to prevail over all others.

In the 1940s, gum chewing, speaking without permission and passing notes were the big offenses. Since liberal and atheist activists have demanded the removal of God, prayer, and Bible study from schools as our founders first instituted, the question begs: Are our schools better off?

Carol McGinnis is a resident of Gilbert.

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