Adams Rebukes Americans United
December 22, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Americans United for Separation of Church and State likes to use costly litigation and intentional disinformation to cow school districts into abandoning the recognition of religious holidays that for 200 years were staples of American classrooms.
One example is the organization’s recent complaint about the inclusion of the song, “Silent Night” in a Christmas program at G.W. Trenholm School in Alabama.
Americans United, similar organizations and activist court rulings that attack schools, city halls and courthouses around the country for Christian-themed displays or Christmas pageants are completely misinterpreting both the 1st Amendment and the Founders’ intentions.
As John Adams wrote in his “Thoughts on Government, Applicable to the Present State of the American Colonies”:
It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.
Those opposing (or ruling against) public prayers, religious songs and Christian displays by local schools and local and State government are ignoring the fact that 1st Amendment bars Congress from establishing a religion and prohibiting the free exercise of religion. And the 10th Amendment reserves to the States and to the people the right to decide how they exercise their 1st Amendment rights — and anything else not enumerated in the Constitution.
Nothing in the Constitution gives activist judges authority to prohibit religious activity, and nowhere in the Constitution is anyone guaranteed the freedom from religion.