The liberal media is FLABBERGASTED because Speaker of the House Mike Johnson CORRECTLY understands what separation of Church and State means and why the Establishment Clause exists!
Listen faith... is a big part of what it means to be an American. When our founders set this system up they wanted a vibrant expression of faith in the public square because they believed a general moral concensus and virtue was necessary to maintain this grand experiment in self-governance.
I am starting to like this guy more and more every day.
Here's the part of the quote that got him in trouble:
The separation of Church and State is a misnomer. People misunderstand it. Of course it comes from a phrase that was in a letter that Jefferson wrote, it's not in the constitution. And what he was explaining is, they did not want the government to encroach upon the Church. NOT that they didn't want principles of faith to have influence on public life. It was exactly the opposite.
This is the actual truth. Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists was explaining that there would be no state-sponsored church like the Church of England and that people were free to worship in the congregation of their choice (Baptists were persecuted for hundreds of years by state-sponsored denominations, hence their concern).
It has nothing to do with keeping religion out of politics!
But the media is so far removed from reality that they don't even know what the founders thought.
Look at the freakouts! Look at the scare quotes!
The Guardian (my personal favorite thanks to the subhead):
Christian Nationalist House Speaker
"How dare Speaker Johnson tell people that the obvious falsehood about the 1st Amendment is a misnomer! How dare he ruin decades of our hard work!
They all use the same scare quotes around "misnomer" and "misunderstanding" without ever acknowledging that Johnson is, in fact, completely correct.
Here's how NBC justifies its outrage:
While it is technically true that the words "separation of church and state" are not written in the Constitution, many legal scholars have said that the phrase is a reference to the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.
"While he's technically correct, here's a lefty scholar we cherry-picked who says exactly what we want to hear, therefore Johnson is a crazy Christian Nationalist!"
The ignorance of the media is truly astonishing.
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