Voice From the Womb
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US Constitution; Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion):
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Justice Hugo Black, Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947), “No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance.”
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
-- The Writers expect God in all His power and providence to back them up and protect them in their brave decision to separate from the British Empire. The United States in fact won every war it fought until after it excluded prayer and God’s word from schools.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.
-- The Writers acknowledge that God is the Creator of all mankind, and that the Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are given by God, not by government and not by men. The fact that white men created the republic with God’s help so that one day America might be governed by an African-American is evident that they did it right and that this document and the Constitution must not be altered in any way.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;
-- The Writers are quite comfortable in gathering as representatives of their respective States in an official assembly to publicly acknowledge that God is supreme over all governing bodies, including the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. The Writers appeal to or pray to God for right judgement and they expect God to answer their appeal. In fact, Thomas Jefferson, the coiner of the phrase “separation of church and state”, was present and had no issue with declaring his belief in God and invoking God in an official, public government assembly, so it is self-evident that this phrase in no way, shape or form was meant to be used to prohibit the free expression of religion in government institutions.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
-- The Writers have a deep respect for the Laws of God and of Nature. They acknowledge that God is the God of Nature. What are the Laws of God? God handed down the Ten Commandments to the Jews, and Jesus confirmed them for the Christians. They condense to Love God and Love your Neighbor as yourself. Do not kill (ie, abortion must be illegal). Honor your father and mother (i.e., marriage is between one man and one woman).