Today, I give thanks to God Almighty for all the blessings of life I enjoy; a loving wife, three wonderful children, a caring family, and the means to sustain it all. More importantly, He has given me the choice of spending eternity with Him which I have taken by accepting Jesus as His Son, my Savior and Lord!
Now, for the political side of the story …
Chuck Norris poses the question today, “Is the government’s observance of Thanksgiving a violation of the separation of church and state?” (Read his entire letter here.)
My simple answer … NO!
The First Amendment reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I highlighted the first phrase because, it seems that for the last 60 plus years, it has been virtually ignored by those who echo the mantra “separation of Church and State”. The focus has been on a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists.
I challenge all who read this to read the First Amendment very carefully and then read the letter and history of the letter used to erect the “wall of separation” that has grown over these last 60 plus years. Then, decide for yourself what you believe is correct.
I have taken that challenge. And, you know where I stand!
Here are the necessary links …
- First Amendment – American Library Association, USConstitution.net
- Jefferson’s Letter – As Sent, Article by James Hutson
Also, you can read all of the Thanksgiving Proclamations given by Presidents and the Continental Congress here.
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