Justice Antonin Scalia Sets the Anti-Religion Crowd Straight
For more than 35 years I have written on the topic of America’s religious foundation. I’ve written five books on the subject, dozens of articles, and participated in a debate with atheist lawyer Edward Tabash.
The study of American history will show that the atheists, ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Freedom From Religion Foundation don’t have a constitutional or historical leg to stand on when they file suits against religious displays, sectarian prayers, monuments, or anything else religious as it relates to government.
They get away with their legal theatrics because (1) the general population is ignorant on the subject and (2) the courts rule in terms of precedent and not historical verities.
“During a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday [October 1, 2014], Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit religious references in public places, including schools.”
Anyone who says otherwise on the facts of the case is lying. After Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech delivered at the George Bush Presidential Library in College State, Texas, on December 6, 2007,1 Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at the University of Chicago, wrote that it “called to mind a disturbingly distorted version of history that has become part of the conventional wisdom of American politics in recent years.”2
The distorted version of history belongs to Professor Stone as I point out in the essay “University of Chicago Law Professor Attempts to Rewrite America’s Christian History.” It’s available as a free download here.
Scalia got to the point with this jab at secular convention:
“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion.”
The dissuasion is made possible because the religious history of America is not taught in public schools, and if any part of it is taught, students are told that America is a better place without a fundamental religious belief system.
Many secularists can lie about America’s rich Christian heritage because they are confident that few people will take the time to research the topic.
For example, Brooke Allen writes in “The faith of our Founding Fathers definitely wasn’t Christianity. Our nation was founded not on Christian principles but on Enlightenment ones. God only entered the picture as a very minor player, and Jesus Christ was conspicuously absent.” Nearly all of Allen’s claims are answered by me in in “University of Chicago Law Professor Attempts to Rewrite America’s Christian History.”
As my above referenced essay shows and the numerous books that I and others have written on the subject, this is a big lie. As it’s been said, by Adolf Hitler no less, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
Scalia quoted the First Amendment, something secularists don’t generally do since is wording disestablishes their claims:
“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.”
Scalia then asked, is it “freedom of religion” or “freedom from religion”? It’s clear by the First Amendment and the history of our nation that it’s freedom of religion, contrary to the claims of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The states wanted the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution to mute the power of the national government on infringing on these four freedoms.
- http://n.pr/ZQZUwg and http://nyti.ms/13mTnJP and http://bit.ly/koFeWL [↩]
- For a comprehensive contrary opinion, see Ellis Sandoz, ed., Political Sermons of the American Founding: 1730—1805 (Indianapolis: LibertyPress, 1991). [↩]