Texas Gov. Rick Perry Blames Satan For Separation of Church and State
People who are not idiots know that the separation of church and state, an intentional distancing of organized religion and the government, originated with Thomas Jefferson. In an 1802 letter, Jefferson discussed separation of church and state as it related to the First Amendment of the Constitution. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry is short on history ….and intellect, and apparently believes that Satan is responsible for the separation of church and state in America.
In a conference call with fellow evangelicals earlier this week, Gov. Perry said “Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there that is driven is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena.”
Actually, the separation of church and state does not say religious people shouldn’t be involved in the public arena. The Constitution reads as follows: ”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” But who would expect a dunce like Perry to actually read the Constitution and make that distinction?
“Somehow or another there’s this, ya know, steel wall, this iron curtain or whatever you want to call it between the church and people of faith and this separation of church and state is just false on its face,” the governor said. “We have a biblical responsibility to be involved in the public arena proclaiming God’s truth.”
Somehow? The Constitution is this country’s founding document, and it forbids the intermingling of church and state, so what does Perry mean by saying “somehow”. Does he really have no idea of what the Constitution says on this issue? And these people expect us to hand over the reigns of power to them? It just gets curiouser and curiouser every day.
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