In Saturday’s Austin American Statesman (9/22/12), Rick Perry blames Satan for the separation of church and state, insisting it has been used in the past “to keep people of faith from being involved” in government. Yeah, this is what he said.
Actually, I believe it was the idea of the Founding Fathers, many of whom were Deists, now called Unitarians, who believed in God, but did not believe in the divinity of the man Jesus.
When asked why, James Madison wrote “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”
Why cannot people just accept what the Constitution says in plain, readable English.
Our money says “In God We Trust”. The dollar bill, on the back, also has printed, “In Novus Seculorum” and “Annuit Coeptis”. The first means “in a new secular order” and the second means “He has favoured our undertaking”, a quote from the Aeneid, which was written long before the man Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and referred to God himself (or in my belief, God/dess, the Almighty which represents all, no matter colour, gender, or race).
The US (although not at the moment very united) is a democracy, not a theocracy.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX