Trump sycophant and Christian con artist Robert Jeffress told an audience recently that the separation of church and state does not exist in the Constitution and that we have allowed “the secularists, the atheists, the humanists to hijack our Constitution” and “pervert it” to mean something it didn’t. Jefferson and Madison could not be reached for comment.
Jeffress was asked whether the Constitution mandates that public discourse be “totally secular.” Jeffress began his response by saying that the separation of church and state doesn’t exist in the Constitution and that the First Amendment was intended only to prevent the establishment of a state church that could coerce people to worship.As he got rolling, Jeffress became more emphatic and agitated about 20th Century Supreme Court rulings on church-state separation.
“We have allowed the secularists, the atheists, the humanists to hijack our Constitution and pervert it into something our forefathers never intended,” he said.
Jeffress is a Baptist televangelist. Perhaps he should look up Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, in which he said, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” Or read James Madison’s Detached Memoranda, in which he wrote, “Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion & Govt. in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precidents already furnished in their short history.”