Oklahoma Lawmaker Claims Separation Of Church And State Is ‘Impossible’

Oklahoma Lawmaker Claims Separation Of Church And State Is ‘Impossible’ February 26, 2020

Liar For Jesus: Oklahoma Lawmaker Jay Steagall claims it is impossible to separate church from state, while also claiming that the nation’s founders said we should not separate church and state.

Tulsa World reports:

Separation of church and state does not and cannot exist in the United States, the lawmaker carrying a bill that would require that “In God We Trust” be “prominently” displayed in all state-owned buildings told an Oklahoma House of Representatives committee on Tuesday.

Discussing  House Bill 3817, a bill that would require all public schools and other state-run buildings to display “In God We Trust,” GOP Rep. Jay Steagall said:

Our government is based on the idea that our inalienable rights are granted to us by our creator. It is impossible to separate church from state. And our founders said we should not do that, actually.

Steagall is wrong. Indeed, Steagall is being disingenuous and dishonest when he claims “our founders said we should not do that (separation of church and state).”

In fact, there is no question that the founders intended to separate church from state. The sentiment and meaning behind the phrase “separation of church and state” is contained within the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

The actual phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper soon thereafter. The following is an excerpt from Jefferson’s famous Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:

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.

In the letter, Jefferson makes clear that the separation of church and state is contained within the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet despite the irrefutable historical and constitutional evidence, Christian extremists like Steagall continue to deny the separation of church and state.

Bottom line: Jay Steagall, an ignorant and dishonest Oklahoma lawmaker, claims that it is impossible to separate church from state, while also making the false claim that the nation’s founders said we should not separate church and state.

The stupid, it burns.

Oklahoma Lawmaker Claims Separation Of Church And State Is ‘Impossible’ (Image via YouTube)
Oklahoma Lawmaker Claims Separation Of Church And State Is ‘Impossible’ (Image via YouTube)

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