I’d never heard of Joseph Zabrosky, who grew up in Brighton, Michigan and now lives in nearby Howell, until I saw this article in a local paper. He’s apparently made a film called The Real One Nation Under God, which “uses a fictional storyline to make his argument that the Founding Fathers’ intentions and case law solidify Christianity as the country’s established religion.” And he makes predictably bad arguments in the article:
Zabrosky, on the other hand, says the Constitution represents principles in the Bible, further proof, he said, that Christianity is the country’s established religion.
“Our Constitution is almost like a holy document, and that’s why it’s been stepped on. Our Constitution is somewhat of a God-driven document,” he said.
“Our Constitution is based on Christian principles, and as they step on the Constitution, they are destroying our country. That is how Christians will bring our country back — by just adhering to the Constitution because the Christian principles are built into it,” Zabrosky added.
As I continually point out to those who make this argument, if it were true that the Constitution was based on “Christian principles” then it should be quite easy to point to the Biblical support for various provisions of the Constitution. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
Which has nothing whatsoever to do with the question of separation of church and state. Going to church does not mean that one doesn’t support separation. This is a non sequitur.
The First Amendment states: “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.”
But Zabrosky’s film argues that the First Amendment does not include the words “separation of church and state” and that the majority of the Founding Fathers attended Christian churches.
Howell resident Dan Duey plays the school’s principal in the movie under his actual name.
Duey, a self-described “very conservative Catholic Christian,” is making his screen debut in “The Real One Nation.”
Duey said he is particularly bothered by the barring of Christian prayer in public schools and the reduced recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance due to its reference to God.
Exactly what country does Duey live in? There is no barring of Christian prayer in public schools. There is a prohibition on government sponsorship of prayer in public schools, as there should be. And the “reduced recitation” of the Pledge of Allegiance? The opposite has happened. Since 9/11, more and more states and local school boards have required that it be said. And it’s quite absurd for a Catholic, of all people, to be in a movie claiming that the Constitution was intended to set up a Christian nation. One of the most commonly heard arguments against the passage of the Constitution was that it would allow a “Papist” to hold public office (previously forbidden in many states) and put our government under the control of the Pope. Catholics were broadly despised by other Christians at the time.
I’ve been in contact with Mr. Zabrosky and we have arranged to have a debate on this very subject on April 23, 2014 in front of CFI Michigan. This should be fun.