Church and State

In his recent article, Georgia Offers Public School Bible Classes, J. Grant Swank Jr. exposes the liberal understanding of “separation of church and state” and calls for action.

“Separation of church and state” means having no one denomination as the national church. In England, Anglicanism is the state church. There is no such tradition in America. In fact, early settlers made their home here for the express reason of practicing Judeo-Christian beliefs apart from a nationally recognized denomination as the “state church.”

What those of the Judeo-Christian heritage must do—and far more concertedly than they have ever done in the past—is to make clear to the public what “separation of church and state” really means. This must be put in print in magazines and journals. It must be preached from pulpits. It must be taught in religion classes. It must be spelled out in letters to the editor.

Unfortunately, this simply has not been done. The church in particular has permitted the liberals to carry on with their prostitution of the phrase. I have been appalled over the years to note that the church specifically has not risen to expose the liberals’ misuse of that phrase. Therefore, the young have taken quickly to the liberals’ definition while the church has sat, in the main, silent, allowing the enemy to win out.

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