Separation of Church and State is Not “Anti-God”

Separation of Church and State is Not “Anti-God” September 30, 2011

The White House has new website where you can set up petitions to tell the administration what you would like them to do or change and some of the items receiving the most signatures involve the separation of church and state. And the Christian Post is quite unhappy about that.

A petition created on Sept. 22 by “Dimitar T,” entitled “Edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase ‘Under God,'” has attracted more than 13,000 votes and is the fourth most popular petition on the White House’s “We the People” website.

The peition claims, “The Pledge of Allegiance is said every day in schools across America. It is a government sanctioned speech, and should remain neutral in matters of religion. In its current state, it supports the existence of God, which goes against several religions, and supports others. This bias should not be supported by the country according to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

And a second one:

Another petition attracting signatures on “We the People,” is one calling for the removal of “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.

That petition, also started by “Dimitar T” on Sept. 22, has attracted 8,792 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition claims the phrase “In God We Trust” is “unconstitutional.”

“It supports one religion over another, and should be removed from all currency. It violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This phrase should be removed from created currency,” user “Dimitar T.” explains on the petition.

The headline on this article is:

White House’s ‘We the People’ Website Attracts Anti-God Petitions

But there’s nothing anti-God about those positions. Not only can one believe in God and still support the strict separation of church and state, many devout Christians argue that it’s absolutely necessary to do so. Many take the position that having the government endorsing religious beliefs only serves to undermine the validity of those beliefs. This was Jefferson’s position when he argued that it is only error that requires the government’s support, the truth can stand on its own.

In the founding days, some of the most outspoken proponents of strict separation were Baptists ministers like John Leland and Isaac Backus, because they had first hand experience with the dangers of established churches.

The initial threshold for a “We the People” petition to be reviewed by the White House for an “official response” requires that the petition accumulates 5,000 signatures in 30 days.

Once a petition hits that threshold, the White House supposedly reviews the petition and requests that the “appropriate policy exerts” respond.

The petitions organized by “Dimitar T” have amassed more than the minimum signatures required in about one week. It was unclear if the White House will consider the anti-God petitions for review, as indicated in the guidelines on “We the People.”

Oh, don’t worry your empty little heads over it. President Obama will sprout wings and fly to Jupiter before he seriously considers doing anything even remotely like trying to get “under God” taken out of the pledge of allegiance or “In God We Trust” taken off the money. I can scarcely imagine anything less likely than that.

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